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The family of legendary snooker player Willie Thorne are locked in a bitter argument over his ashes and his favourite snooker cue.
The professional snooker player passed away at the age of 66 in June this year following a battle with monoblastic leukaemia – and was tragically killed by sepsis three months after his diagnosis.
A bitter dispute has broken out over the late sportsman’s prized snooker cue as 60-year-old widow Jill Thorne wants to auction it off in aid of Willie’s favourite cancer charity.
However, his children from his first marriage to Fiona Walker – twins Tristan and Kieran, 35, and daughter Tahli, 32 – want the piece of sporting equipment to “remain in the family”.
There are also said to be tensions over what to do with Willie’s ashes.
Jill says she wants to hold a memorial in the UK then spread the ashes, while his children took his ashes to Orrevieja, near his home on the Costa Blanca following his funeral.
In an interview with The Mirror, Jill opened up about the agony and pain caused by the family arguments.
She said: “It was hurtful that we had no ashes.
“We don’t know if they have been scattered, buried or what, which is quite sad. I was next of kin. When he became very ill, he passed away very quickly.
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“We would speak every day on the phone, he said he wanted me to have the cue.
“He wanted his son to deal with his financial affairs only after his death, as he didn’t want me to cope with his debts any more. He wanted me fully involved with everything else and I agreed.
“We loved each other unconditionally to the end.”
Former Miss Great Britain winner Jill went on to claim she thinks Willie’s ashes may have already been scattered in Norfolk.
The speech and language therapist also said she understands that his children form his first marriage want to be reunited with Willie’s cue, but she said he left it to her and says the late star would “love” for the item to be sold at auction for charity.
First wife Fiona has told the Mirror she and her children do not endorse the sale of the cue and is adamant the late player had wanted the stick to remain in his family.
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Despite winning over £1.1 million over the course of his career, Willie was said to be broke at the time of his death after high-profile struggles with gambling additions.
Fans raised £20,000 to help pay for his care following his leukaemia diagnosis due to him being declared bankrupt four years previously.
Daily Star Online have contacted a representative of the estate of Willie Thorne for comment.
- Willie Thorne
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