A legend Passes
By Michael Norwood
Saturday 24 Jul 2010 21:43:00
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Former world snooker champion Alex Higgins has died, after a long battle against throat cancer. Higgins 61 has recently been seen painfully thin for a sustained period.

Higgins won the 1972 and 1982 World Snooker Championship, but his lifestyle quickly caught up with him after he quit the sport, and a heavy smoker, Higgins was to lose all his teeth through his treatment for cancer.

Born in Belfast, he claimed his first title in 1972, when he defeated John Spencer in the final and thenrepeated that triumph 10 years later at the Crucible, by beating Ray Reardon.

New Snooker Executive Barry Hearn paid this tribute to Higgins "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."

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