Willie Thorne to undergo chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia

Willie Thorne began his professional snooker career in 1975, reaching a career-high world ranking of seven in 1987 and 1994

Willie Thorne, one of snooker’s most popular figures, is to undergo chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Thorne was runner-up in the 1985 UK Championship, and had a career-high ranking of number seven in the world.

He retired from professional snooker in 2001 and was also a BBC commentator.

“I realise everybody is having a tough time. Mine’s just got worse – I’ve been diagnosed with leukaemia,” the 66-year-old wrote on Twitter.