Snooker champion Doug Mountjoy dies aged 78

World Snooker has announced that Doug Mountjoy, who won the UK Championship twice, has passed away aged 78.

Snooker champion Doug Mountjoy dies aged 78: The Welsh player was a favorite on our television screens for well over a decade. He turned professional after winning the world amateur title in 1976. He reached the final of the UK Championships in 1981. World Snooker Tour officially announced his passing on their Twitter page Sunday evening.

It came after Mountjoy’s close friend, Cliff Thorburn, had posted saying “So sad to hear of Doug Mountjoy’s passing today. He was a true champion and gentleman. He had all the shots and the heart of a lion. You knew he was in the room by his laughter and I spent many a happy time with Doug. My sympathies to his family and friends.”

Mountjoy was initially diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993 and subsequently had a lung removed. He recovered and carried on playing snooker until 1997. He then coached in Dubai and Wales. Past and present players have paid tributes to him on social media. Jimmy White said “Sorry to hear about the loss of a great legend of the sport. Rip Doug Mountjoy.”

Ken Doherty wrote “Very sorry to hear the passing of Doug Mountjoy today, he was a great player and character. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP.”

While Dennis Taylor said “Just heard the sad news of the passing of one of our Legends. Doug Mountjoy a very special Welsh man. RIP my dear friend.” Releasing a joint statement World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson and promoter Barry Hearn said “Doug was a first and foremost a lovely man, who had great friendships with many players on the tour throughout the 1970s and onwards.

He had a fantastic dedication to our sport, he simply loved the game and was always willing to help others to improve, both as a player and later as a coach. On the table he was a fierce competitor and a fine champion who won a multitude of tournaments.

His revival late in his career to win two events including the UK Championship was an incredible achievement. Doug will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him, and our sincere condolences go to his family.”

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