Alex Higgins dies aged 61

Snooker legend Alex Higgins died yesterday at the age of 61 following a long battle with throat cancer.

Higgins, nicknamed the Hurricane for his speed around the table, won his first of two World Championships in 1972 at the age of 22 before winning the same title again ten-years later.

The Belfast native was central to increasing snooker’s popularity during the 1970s and 1980s and is widely regarded as one of the most naturally talented people to play the game.

Three-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan paid tribute to Higgins: ‘Alex Higgins was one of the real inspirations behind me getting into snooker in the first place.’

‘He is a legend of snooker, and should forever be remembered as the finest ever snooker player.’

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