Poker legend Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott has died of cancer, according to a message posted on his Twitter account.
The message via social media apparently came via one of his eight children:
Unfortunately Dad, Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott lost his battle with cancer today and died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. xxx
— David Ulliott (@devilfish2011) April 6, 2015
News had come out last week that the British poker player had been battling the late stages of colon cancer. He was 61.
Best known for his flamboyant style and his appearances on television, Ulliott had won titles at the World Series of Poker (1997) and on the World Poker Tour (2003). Ulliott tallied more than $6 million in live tournament earnings in his career, according to thehendonmob.com. His personality at live events and on televised poker helped him rise to fame, in appearances on the Late Night Poker television series, and at a pair of WPT final tables.
A few days before his death, he gave an interview to his local newspaper, The Hull Daily Mail.
Since learning of his illness, there have been calls for Ulliott to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Pros and fans around the world immediately shared their feelings upon his passing:
Really saddened to hear of the passing of @devilfish2011 today.He was a true legend of our game & I personally have a lot to thank him for.
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) April 6, 2015
RIP to poker legend @devilfish2011. You knew you were in for an entertaining day when he was at your table.
— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) April 6, 2015
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a legend, @devilfish2011. RIP friend.
— David Williams (@dwpoker) April 6, 2015
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