LONDON — Eric Bristow, the five-time world darts champion acclaimed as the sport’s first superstar, has died at the age of 60.

The Professional Darts Corporation said Bristow died on Thursday following a heart attack.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn said: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport. He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.”

The London-born Bristow won his world titles between 1980 and 1986. The PDC called him “arguably the sport’s first superstar player.”

Hearn said Bristow was “never afraid of controversy but he spoke as he found and was honest and straightforward which is what people admired about him.”