Former darts star Tony Ayres dies aged 54 as tributes pour in from fans

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Former Darts star Tony Ayres has died aged 54, the PDC has confirmed.

In a tweet, the PDC said: "The PDC is saddened to learn that Tony Ayres has passed away, aged 54. Everyone at the PDC sends their condolences to Tony's family and friends."

Ayres' best performance came at the 2010 UK Open, where he produced memorable performances to reach the semi-finals.

'T-man' produced the moment of the entire tournament with a dramatic 10-9 sudden death victory over James Wade.

Ayres found himself a leg down with two to play, and after Wade surprisingly fluffed his lines, Ayers nailed 152 before winning the final leg.

One fan tweeted: "Absolutely devastating news, that 152 against Wade will be remembered forever."

"A lovely man. A super player and this is a real shock," another added.

A third tweeted: "Awful news! The win against Wade was one of the best games at the Reebok!"

While a fourth tweeted: "Sad to hear about Tony Ayres. His 152 against James Wade on the way to the UK Open semis was sensational. RIP."

"Way to young, rest in peace Tony and thoughts and prayers for everyone who held him close to heart," another added.

Ayres spent six years with the PDC, between 2007 and 2013.

He also competed in the 2009 PDC World Championships, but lost in the second round to Andy Hamilton.

Ayres also won the Southern Counties Open in 2007.

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