Snooker pals pay tribute to legend ‘Alex Higgins’

July 25th, 2010 - 2:04 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 25 (ANI): Pals of the snooker champion Alex Higgins paid tribute to the legend after he died of throat cancer on Saturday night.

“We all knew he was ill but this is a very sad and tragic loss to the game. Our condolences go out to his friends and family. He made an enormous contribution to snooker. He was responsible for dragging it up from just being a working man’s game to a global sport,” Snooker champion Barry Hearn said.

“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,” he added.

Former world champion Steve Davis also paid tribute to the legend.

“He was a totally amazing player. I had many battles with him over the years, mostly controversial ones! But he brought so much to the game. He will be sorely missed,” he said.

Biographer of Higgins’ Sean Boru called him the Muhammad Ali of snooker.

“Snooker didn’t make Alex, Alex made snooker. He was the player the crowds came to see.”

Higgins was found dead at the age of 61, in his Belfast flat on Saturday, News of the World reported.

He is believed to have suffered multiple organ failure. He was also suffering from bronchitis because of his habit of chain smoking.

The flamboyant Belfast-born snooker legend, who won the world title in 1972 and 1982, was first diagnosed with cancer more than 10 years ago. (ANI)

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