Beloved Irish sportsman ALEX HIGGINS has died at the age of 61.
The former world snooker champion battled throat cancer in his final years and appeared ravaged by the disease.
His body was found in a flat in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to reports.
Higgins, nicknamed Hurricane for the speed of his game, had a reputation as a bad boy on the snooker circuit, often appearing dishevelled at tournaments and rarely appeared without alcohol and a cigarette.
He was once briefly banned from tournament play after headbutting a referee.
Higgins won the snooker World Championship in 1972 and 1982.