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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins dies, aged 61

What a sad loss to snooker. Alex Higgins is dead aged 61 and for me was a snooker genius and the best of his generation - so exciting to watch and always unpredictable he was compulsive viewing for me as a teen and probably, along with Jimmy White, one of the reasons I started playing snooker myself.

In May, the ailing champion former world number one had found the strength to attend a charity event in his honour, where friends and former players hoped to raise money to pay for further treatment. Once described by fellow snooker professional Steve Davis as “the one true genius snooker has produced”, Higgins was considered by many the greatest player ever seen but fought a battle with alcohol.

With so many demons to dispel, now you can finally rest in peace.

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