Ronnie O'Sullivan Snr, the father of Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan, was in a nightclub with one of his friends arguing about who should pay the bill. A fight ensued between the elder O'Sullivan and Bruce Bryan, driver to the notorious gangster Charlie Kray. He lost two fingers during the fight after being hit with an ashtray. He then picked up a knife and stabbed Bryan to death.
In September 1992 Ronnie's father was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the death of Bryan. Ronnie was only 16 at the time.
Two years later his mother was sentenced to a year in jail for tax evasion. Ronnie was left to take care of his younger sister Danielle as well as keep his father's sex shop business running. Through it all, he still managed to keep his interest in snooker. In 2001, he became World Champion for the first time.
In the news: Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan has thrown his support behind “pretty useful” pool player Ed Miliband. The five-times world champion revealed his backing for the Labour leader in a video screened at a rally in London for Labour activists as a string of celebrities backed the party. Watch the video at Mirror.co.uk.
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