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RIP Alex Higgins: A Misspent Life In Pictures

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RIP Alex Higgins. You lived life as in-door Hurricane of smoke and blue snooker chalk. Northern Irishman Higgins was world snooker champion in 1972 and 1982. He had been suffering from throat cancer. Being good at snooker was once a sign of a misspent youth. It really was that good. Higgins went better – he had a misspent life. And we loved him for it. Before the androids of snooker earned the big money, the game threw up characters. Higgins was a man blessed with charisma and talent. This is his life in pictures – and they are wonderful and rare pictures:

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The new World Snooker Champion, Alex Higgins being saluted by his baby daughter Lauren with his wife Lynne, after last nights's nail-biting battle against six-times champion Ray Reardon at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. * Higgins holds the trophy for the second time having won it ten years ago.

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰

  • June

    It was because of him we got our first colour tv, even trying to watch snooker in b/w …..

    RIP Hurricane

  • coolandcalm

    I used to love snooker during that era June…… now I rarely watch and haven’t a clue who’s who as they’re all boy-wonder clones.
    Can’t remember the name of the one I really used to like, looked a bit like Magnum? Maybe Canadian?
    Those were the days……… Hurricane Higgins served us all well, I’m sure he’ll have fun wherever he is now.

  • John Blake

    Alex Higgins was blessed with snooker genius.Potting balls with amazing skill as he walked around the table with an animal instinct that only the very great players possess. He made the public fix their eyes on every shot, and also stare at his face and wonder what he was thinking as he chalked his cue. An extraordinary character was Alex who made snooker what it should be……entertaining. Anorak photos brought back memories of his life. The good and bad days that were often part of his roller-coaster life.
    I think that anyone who can bring happiness, and exitement into the lives of millions of people has a very great talent indeed. Alex will always be remembered as long as people play snooker. A great world snooker champion in life, and a man who will amaze even the angels when they play together. R I P Alex. You were a STAR!

  • June

    Hurricane’s cortege leaves for cathedral service

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-10754097

  • I heard that he’d lost so much weight that they are burying him in his favourite cue case.

  • Rockhopper

    Nice one Yampy!
    Your coat’s where you left it πŸ˜‰