I noticed Alex Higgins had one, and while Thorne was nowhere near as good as Higgins, he was an iconic snooker figure and had tremendous love for the game, which he shared with all of us for many years after his playing days were over.
He was obviously flawed, and also put on a confident, almost cocky persona. But that never felt like the real him because I don't believe it was.
Yes, he tried his hardest to make us not like him, but he never achieved it because he was, when all is weighed up, a quite loveable person.
Rest in Peace, Mr Willie Thorne.