Former world champion Higgins dies

25 July 2010

Former world snooker champion Alex Higgins has died at the age of 61 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer.

Higgins, the 1972 and 1982 world champion, was found dead at his Belfast home on Saturday after losing his decade-long battle with the disease.

The controversial Northern Irishman had recently made headlines after claiming he had knowledge of top players taking bribes to throw games.

Higgins, who often found himself at loggerheads with the sport's administrators following disciplinary problems, himself claimed he had rejected offers to throw games.

He was pictured earlier this year looking painfully thin and having lost all of his teeth following his prolonged cancer treatment.

"There was just something about the way he played the game - there was a little bit of (John) McEnroe in there," explained Dennis Taylor, this long-time adversary.

"I don't think you'll ever see a player in the game of snooker like the great Alex Higgins."