Alex Higgins, dead at 61
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Former world champion loses battle with throat cancer at 61.
Alex Higgins, the legendary two-times world snooker champion known as much for his wild lifestyle as his flamboyant play on the green baize, died yesterday aged 61.
His skill and speed around the table earned him one of sport’s most enduring nicknames: the Hurricane. A world champion by the age of 22, he played a major role in snooker’s booming popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, when players were household names. Higgins became one of the fans’ favourite players.
His second world title win, in 1982 when he beat the Welshman Ray Reardon in an 18-15 final, is one of the sport’s best-remembered matches.
Belfast-born Higgins regularly courted controversy. After one defeat, he punched a referee. Another time, he headbutted an official, resulting in a fine and a five-tournament ban. It is estimated that he earned, and mostly spent, £3m over 20 years.
Steve Davis, who played a number of classic matches against Higgins in
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