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Brinded began officiating at major professional events in 1976. Two recent occasions on which he officiated during key matches were the World Championship finals between Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams in 1999 and the match between Peter Ebdon and Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2005 (the so-called "slow-play" match).
Brinded died after a short battle with cancer. In BBC2's coverage of the UK Championship on December 9, 2005, tributes came from fellow referee Eirian Williams; veteran commentator and journalist Clive Everton; and from players John Parrott, Stephen Hendry and then-reigning World Champion Shaun Murphy.
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