Kyle Anderson: The Original and genuine article
By Paul Woodage 24/08/2021
Darts fans around the world are today united in grief with the heartbreaking news of Kyle Anderson’s passing.
The loveable Australian had last year surrendered his tour card to enjoy family life in his native homeland together with his wife Tara and their two boys.
To those who knew him, Kyle was an incredibly kind-hearted, gentle man with a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious personality. On the oche, his ability was often breathtaking, famously hitting a 9-dart leg at the World Championships.
As the devastating announcement reached the darting community, tributes from every corner of the Earth immediately flooded in.
The PDC paid respect on their Twitter feed, posting:
“We're devastated to learn that Australia's Kyle Anderson, the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters champion, has passed away, aged 33. All at the PDC send their condolences to Kyle's family & friends.”
Throughout the majority of his professional career, Kyle was signed to The Sportsman Management Company and a revered member of what owner, Mac Elkin affectionately referred to as ‘the family’.
On his personal Facebook page, Mac simply posted a picture of himself embracing the Australian, then later, TSMC released an emotional statement saying:
“The heartbreaking and devastating news this morning, that we have lost one of our family.
“Kyle was one of the nicest people you could ever have met. One of the biggest hearts you will ever find with so much love in it.
“You made us laugh more than you will ever know. No star will shine brighter in the sky than yours.
“All of love thoughts and prayers are with your young family at this time. RIP Kyle”
It truly is a dark day for Darts who are still reeling from the loss of another immensely popular character, Andy Fordham who tragically passed away just a matter of weeks ago.
Players, officials and fans have been pouring their condolences out on social media, sharing memories and pictures of happy times with the enigmatic Australian.
In one particular tearful tribute, close friend and compatriot Damon Heta chose to remember Kyle the way he had always known him, saying:
“Gutted and devastated doesn’t even describe the news I have woken up to this morning. I’m going to smile today and remember all the poxy jokes and laughter we have had over the years brother. Love you, Kyle. Rest easy.”
It’s clear the adored 33-year old touched many hearts, in and away from the sport he loved and will be greatly missed.
Nicknamed, The Original, Kyle was unquestionably the genuine article.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go to his family and friends. May you each find strength at this time and remember the joy Kyle brought into your lives.------ENDS-----
Lead Image: PDC