We are devastated to report that Kyle Anderson has passed away at the age of 33.
‘The Original’ was one of the most popular players on the PDC circuit, and he made his name by landing a spectacular nine-dart finish at the PDC World Championship in 2014 – becoming one of eight players to achieve perfection at Alexandra Palace.
Anderson secured a PDC Tour Card in January 2014, but his big breakthrough came in 2017, when he followed up a maiden Pro Tour title with victory in the Auckland Darts Masters a week later.
The Australian also landed a nine-darter in the semi-finals of the 2017 European Championship. succumbing to Michael van Gerwen in a thrilling contest.
In April 2015, Anderson posted an astonishing 134.84 average in a 6-1 rout of Terry Jenkins at a Players Championship event, with his winning legs consisting of three 10-darters, as well as an 11, 12 and 15-dart leg.
He was joined by brother Beau in competing at the 2013 Sydney Darts Masters and 2014 World Championship, and he reached the last 32 at Alexandra Palace on four occasions.
Anderson also represented Australia four times in the PDC World Cup of Darts alongside Simon Whitlock, reaching the 2018 semi-finals.
We send our condolences and best wishes to Kyle’s family and friends at this terribly sad time, particularly his wife and children,” said PDC President Barry Hearn.
“Kyle’s achievements in his short-lived career were outstanding, notably his Auckland Darts Masters win, and a fitting reward for the sacrifices he made to follow his dream.
“He was a popular player on the tour and his talent and dedication made him an inspiration to other players around the world.”
The Professional Darts Players Association tweeted: “So sad to wake up to the news today that Kyle Anderson has passed away, our sincere condolences to all his family and friends. He will be sadly missed.”
Anderson returned home to Perth in 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and relinquished his PDC Tour Card earlier this year, opting to remain in Australia ahead of the birth of his second child.
He made enormous sacrifices to chase his dreams, and his impact on the sport was illustrated by the outpouring of grief from his fellow professionals and the darting public across social media on Tuesday morning.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kyle’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.