Snooker star Jake Nicholson dies aged 28, World Snooker Tour confirms

July 9, 2021
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Talented British snooker player, Jake Nicholson, has passed away at the age of 28 after a battle with cancer, the World Snooker Tour has confirmed.

As a youngster, Nicholson - who is from Flamborough, in North Yorkshire - represented England at an Under-21 level, and, in 2019, he won a Challenge Tour event when he beat Andrew Pagett 3-1 in the final.

He was also present at the World Championship qualifiers in 2020, and he bowed out in a losing effort to Jak Jones.

The talented amateur reached the Last 16 at the English Amateur Championship during the same year, however, he passed away on Friday following a battle cancer.

Jake Nicholson (second from the left) will be missed on the snooker circuit
Jake Nicholson (second from the left) will be missed on the snooker circuit

"We are deeply saddened to hear that Jake has passed away. Our sport will come together to remember this very talented and likeable young man who had a great future ahead of him," WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said

"I remember congratulating him when he won a Challenge Tour event two years ago and thinking he could be a star in the making, because he had so much ability.

"It’s so sad that he does not have the chance to fulfil his dreams.

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Jake’s parents and all of his friends and family."

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: The Referee sets up the balls on day eleven of the World Championship Snooker at Crucible Theatre on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
He was a talented amateur player

Nicholson was remembered by many of his colleges: "Jake my bro I don’t even know where to begin, you knew how much you meant to me and our whole family!

"I hope you’re finally not in any more pain, I will miss you forever, until we meet again, I love you brother," said Oliver Lines.

Tributes have continued to pour in for the talented amateur.

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