He?d been battling cancer for the past 18 months, and even returned to playing again this year but eventually succumbed to cancer of the colon.
He led a very full life, turning pro at the age of 16 and winning 5 major titles, including at hat-trick of Masters, but leaves behind his wife and young daughter, and could have lived a lot more.
In his post match interview following his 2004 Masters title win, Hunter caused a media sensation by admitting he resorted to ?Plan B? with Lyndsey Fell, his fiancee, during the interval while 6-2 down. The ?B? in ?Plan B? purportedly refers to the word ?bonk?. Hunter and Fell retired to their hotel room and he recalls ?Sex was the last thing on my mind. I just wasn?t in the mood. But I had to do something to break the tension. It was a quick session ? around 10 minutes or so ? but I felt great afterwards. She jumped in the bath, I had a kip and then played like a dream. I reeled off four centuries in six frames. I won easily.?