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Main tour professional Lee Spick dies aged 34

Jamie Shaw in Snooker News 26 Jan 2015
Former English Under-15 champion Lee Spick pictured

World Snooker Tour Card holder Lee Spick has passed away aged 34 after a short battle with illness.

Mansfield-based Spick had suffered from a problem with his liver and was being treated in hospital, but he sadly died on Monday. 

He was once ranked 65th in the world and his career earnings reached £63,000, but ‘person problems’ meant he retired in 2012.

However, he swiftly returned to the game in 2013 after persuasion from his family, earning a two-year Tour Card at Qualifying School, but opted out of a number of events, including the 2013 UK Championship due to lack of sponsorship.

His best results came in the mid-2000s, where he notably defeated Jimmy White 9–7 in the qualifying stages of the UK Championship, and twice came close to reaching the main phase of the World Championship.

In 2006 he overcame Ricky Walden 10-8 in the penultimate qualifying round before losing 10-9 to John Parrott at the final hurdle. 

Three years later he was denied a spot at the Crucible at the final hurdle again as he went down 10-8 at the hands of six-time World Champion Steve Davis.

Tributes have poured in from friends and fellow professionals on Twitter:








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