Reports are emerging that former snooker professional, Lee Spick, has died.
Friends have taken to Twitter this afternoon to pass on their condolences.
Former semi-pro snooker player from Worksop, Mark Roberts left the message “I’m devastated that my very good friend Lee Spick has passed away. No more pain now my friend #RIP#LeeSpick.”
Nottingham-based professional Michael Holt added: “R.I.P. Lee Spick. So sad.”
World snooker.com have since reported that Spick had suffered from a problem with his liver and was being treated in hospital.
The website has quoted former tour player Gary Wilkinson, who said: “I saw Lee a couple of days ago and was due to see him again tonight. He’d had a seizure and was in intensive care but we hoped he’d get better. He was a lovely lad but lost his way recently.
“I remember when he came through as a player, he was very talented. We practised together and became mates. It’s sad that he never achieved what he could have done.”
Lee, who was from Mansfield, retired from snooker due to ‘person problems’ but returned to the game in 2013.
He was once ranked 65th in the world and his career earnings reached £63,000.
He narrowly missed out on place in the World Championship in 2008/2009, losing 10-8 to former champion Steve Davis in the final qualifying stage.