Double world snooker champion Alex Higgins has died at the age of 61 after losing his battle against throat cancer.
For the last 10 years he has had to endured the long battle with cancer.
Higgins claimed his world championships in 1972 and 1982.
Nicknamed "the Hurricane" by his many fans, Higgins was the player known for his fast and flamboyant style at the table.
Top professionals, officials, fans, and the general public will be saddened by his death.
The chairman of World Snooker, Barry Hearn said Higgins will be remembered as the "original people's champion" and the man who increased the popularity of the sport.
Hearn also said, "I have known him for nearly 40 years. He was the major reason for snooker's popularity in the early days.
"He was controversial at times, but he always played the game in the right spirit.
"We will miss him—he was the original people's champion."
The "people's champion" was not found under nice circumstances.
He was discovered in a block of flats in the centre of Belfast. He had not been answering his mobile phone so the flat had to be broken into.
I am not old enough to have watched him play, but videos of him are just amazing.
Hearing what people have to say about him makes me think he was much more than just a player, but the man of snooker.
He will be missed by the sport and by millions of people around the world.
RIP Alex Higgins...18 March 1949 – 24 July 2010.
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