Willie’s good friend Gary Lineker also paid tribute to the sporting legend on Twitter today.
The former footballer tweeted to his 7.5 million followers: “Deeply, deeply saddened to hear that my friend Willie Thorne has passed away.
“One of life’s great characters.
“A marvellous snooker player and a lovely man, who’s potted his final black much too soon. RIP Willie.”
During his professional career, the snooker player won 14 worldwide titles and reached the UK Championship final in 1985.