Tributes poured in after the news of Thorne tragic death broke.
Former Leicester star and current Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted: “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.”
TV host Piers Morgan added: “RIP Willie Thorne, 66.
Great snooker player & a wonderful character. Sad news.”
Professional snooker player Joe Perry said: “Devastated to hear the news that the great WT is no longer with us! RIP Willie.”
“Very sad to hear about the passing of Willie Thorne this morning. My thoughts are with Willie’s family at this very difficult time #RIPWiliie,” ex-West Ham star Tony Cottee said on Twitter.
Professional golfer Mark Mouland added: “Very sad to hear the passing of my friend snooker ace Willie Thorne. He loved his snooker and golf. RIP WT”