Ronnie O'Sullivan has revealed his dad's five-word message before being taken to prison on a life sentence for murder.
O'Sullivan was just 16 when his father, Ronnie O'Sullivan Snr, murdered Bruce Bryan - the driver of Charlie Kray, brother of notorious gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie – in a Chelsea nightclub.
Now, speaking in his upcoming Amazon Prime documentary, Ronnie O'Sullivan: The Edge of Everything, the snooker star recalls the message his dad made sure was relayed to him as he was escorted to his prison cell.
After a 30-second pause, O'Sullivan composes himself to deliver his heartbreaking recollection of that day in 1992.
'He just said, "Tell my boy to win",' remembers the Rocket. 'Typical. "Just tell my boy to win". That's it.'
Ronnie O'Sullivan's father received a life sentence for murder when his son was aged just 16
In a new documentary, O'Sullivan details his dad's parting message as he went to prison
The life sentence handed to his dad, who appears in the documentary via interviews conducted off camera, threatened to derail his snooker career from an early age.
His mum, Maria, features in the documentary to reveal the moment she told her son that his dad, who was released from prison in Derby in 2010, was going to prison for murder.
In the gripping documentary, O'Sullivan's mother details the mistake she made which her son has never forgiven her for.
'I couldn't tell Ronnie,' Maria says, having also conducted her interviews for the film off camera.
'He was due to go to Thailand about three days after. I thought that if he goes there three days earlier, he won't know what's going on, his dad will come back out, it will be a mistake, and he won't know any different.
'This guy John takes him to Thailand but Barry Hearn (his manager) said, "Maria, you've got to tell him because it will be in all the papers tomorrow". So I phone up and I said, "Ron, your dad is in prison, they've done him for murder".
'I heard him screaming down the phone. He just collapsed in the hotel room. I shouldn't have sent him.'
She continued, as her voice cracks: 'My regret now is that I should have told him straight away but I thought I'd protect him. It was wrong and I don't think he ever forgave me for that.'
The superstar has spoken freely on his turbulent family life and his determination to continue
O'Sullivan's parents doubted whether their son (seen in 1994) would carry on in the sport
O'Sullivan was a talented player as a teenager but the now-47-year-old explained how his dad's life sentence and prison term threatened to wreck his life and career.
'I didn't want to blame everything on that situation with my dad,' says O'Sullivan. 'But I just think I would rather not have the snooker, just have a normal family. Not had to have gone through that. Forget the snooker. Just normal.'
O'Sullivan Snr gave a rare interview about the murder in the film.
'I know I took that man's life,' he says. 'But if I hadn't have done what I'd done, I would have been dead. When they sentenced me, I cried when I got downstairs. Not for myself, but for my family. Going to prison wasn't good for Ronnie.'
Both of O'Sullivan's parents doubted whether their son would carry on pursuing the sport for which he had such prodigious talent.
The player himself admits that the 'healthiest thing' he could have done was to quit.
His second Crucible win came in 2004 and was watched by hundreds inside his father's prison. Pictured: O'Sullivan's mum Maria (left) and his sister Danielle (right)
Ronnie O'Sullivan: The Edge of Everything premieres exclusively in cinemas across the UK on Tuesday, featuring a live Q&A with O'Sullivan, executive producer David Beckham and director Sam Blair, hosted by Alastair Campbell.
The documentary is then released on Prime Video in the UK & Ireland on Thursday before opening in select cinemas nationwide on Friday.
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