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Overview (5)

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Died in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK  (malnutrition, pneumonia, a bronchial condition and tooth decay)
Birth NameAlexander Gordon Higgins
Nicknames Hurricane Higgins
The Hurricane
Sandy
Higgy
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alex Higgins was one of the greatest, and most exuberant, snooker players of all-time. He won two World Championship titles, first in 1972 against John Spencer, and second in 1982 against Ray Reardon. In addition, he also won two Masters titles, in 1978 and 1981, and one UK Championship title in 1983. Victories in these three events make him one of only ten players to-date who have completed snooker's Triple Crown.

He was also the World Doubles champion in 1984, partnering his longtime friend Jimmy White, and he won the Snooker World Cup three times with the All-Ireland team in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

Alex was a heavy drinker and chain smoker, which affected his general health throughout his troubled career. His fantastic playing disappeared and he dropped down the world rankings, eventually retiring in 1997.

In his later years, he battled against against throat cancer and, although he became quite frail, he still managed to play in various exhibition matches. Alex died in his flat on July 24, 2010 by way of malnutrition and pneumonia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Oscar "Larre" Larsson

Spouse (2)

Lynn Avison (1980 - 1985) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Cara Hasler (April 1975 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (23)

Nicknamed Hurricane due to the speed with which he played.
After turning professional he became the youngest World Championship winner at his first attempt, beating John Spencer in 1972 aged just 22, then won the title again in 1982.
Two-time world snooker champion.
Father of daughter, Lauren Higgins and son, Jordan Higgins.
He once had an argument with his girlfriend which resulted in him falling off the balcony of their first-floor flat. Soon after, he entered the 1989 British Open while hopping around the table nursing a broken ankle.
Technically his highest ever break in the World Snooker Championship (137) came in the 1995 qualifying rounds against Tai Pichit, but his highest in the televised stages was 135 (in the 1982 final).
His highest break in tournament play was 142 at the 1985 British Open.
His numerous scuffles and offenses over the years included attacking an official who asked for a urine sample at the 1986 UK Championship, threatening to have rival Dennis Taylor shot in their home country of Northern Ireland, and urinating in a plant pot during a tournament.
Released an autobiography in 2007, "From the Eye of the Hurricane".
Was a friend of the hell-raising actor Oliver Reed.
In 1995 he played for Team Europe (alongside Jimmy White and Steve Davis), when they beat Team USA in the Mosconi Cup, a 9-ball pool event.
In the late 90s he was stabbed by girlfriend Holly Haise while living in her house in Belfast.
In the 80s he was beaten three years in a row in the World Championship by Welshman Terry Griffiths, all 3 were in the 2nd round/last 16.
His 135 in 1982 is still the highest-ever break in a frame that actually sealed the championship for a player.
Higgins had a love of horses and his first career choice was as a jockey, but could not keep his weight under control.
Never attempted to get a driving license.
He learned his craft playing snooker after school in the Jampot club in Belfast, and later also played at the YMCA.
1994 was the last time he reached the TV stages of the World Championship, where he lost in his 1st match against Irishman Ken Doherty.
Over the years Higgins had victories in major finals against world champions Terry Griffiths, Cliff Thorburn, Ray Reardon and Steve Davis. He also beat a young Stephen Hendry in the 1989 Irish Masters, his last tournament victory.
Had an unlikely doubles partnership with Eddie Charlton who was known for being extremely slow and cautious.
His loyal friends included fellow player John Virgo, who organised a large fund-raiser for Higgins to get crucial treatment in the last year of his life (unfortunately, Higgins was declared too weak to take the operation).
He was banned for the whole of the 1990-91 season after striking a WPBSA official at the 1990 World Championship, and was stripped of all ranking points.
His highest world ranking in snooker was no. 2. In 1982 his second world championship would have seen him achieve the number 1 ranking but he had had some points deducted for disciplinary offences during the season. There was no ranking system the first time he won the world title.

Personal Quotes (3)

[when asked if he wished things had been different in his life] "Yes, I could have been a golfer"
[on his sport, Snooker]: I had such a great affection and love for playing snooker. I suppose, in a way, it's like a drug.
[asked which of his achievements in life he felt most proud of] My daughter being born. I felt that, at the age of 32, I had become a man.

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