Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Alex Higgins: Cause of death won't be known for weeks

Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins

Details of the cause of death of snooker legend Alex Higgins will not be known for another two weeks.

A spokesman for the Coroner’s Service yesterday confirmed Higgins’s body was released to his family on Tuesday morning.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out.

However, at the request of the family, preliminary results are not to be released.

The cause of death will be officially declared in a few weeks’ time.

Higgins’s agent and friend Will Robinson has told the Belfast Telegraph he would be releasing a statement today which is expected to shed more light on the details of the funeral service on Monday.

The Higgins family has placed a death notice in the Belfast Telegraph with the following details: ‘Alexander Gordon (The Hurricane) (The people’s champion). Died July 24, 2010 at home, late of Ulidia House, Sandy Row, beloved son of the late Alexander Gordon and Elizabeth, loving brother of Isobel, Anne and Jean, devoted father of Lauren and Jordan. Funeral service will be held in St Annes Cathedral, Lower Donegall Street on Monday August 2nd at 11.30am followed by private family burial. Flowers will be welcome. Donations will be sent in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Nurses co Houston and Williamson Funeral Directors, Crumlin Road. Very deeply regretted by his loving family circle. Safe in the arms of Jesus.’

It is anticipated that hundreds will take to the streets of Belfast to pay their last respects.

Stars from the world of television, sport and music are expected to attend the service and it is believed a horse-drawn carriage will bring Higgins’s body through the streets from Sandy Row to St Anne’s Cathedral.

The people of Belfast have also been vocal in their support for a lasting tribute to their hometown hero.

“I think a statue would be a good idea.

“It could be built beside Belfast City Hall or put in the city centre,” Nathan Corbett said. Peter Young said: “I think his old snooker club in Sandy Row should be renamed in his memory, or the Royal Bar maybe.”

Jon Gray said: “He wouldn’t want a statue.

“Alex would definitely want something more proactive.

“I think he would support a programme to encourage younger people to take up snooker, like a snooker school.” Rian Davey said: “I think they should build a leisure centre and name it after him.

“They could put snooker tables in it.

“A memorial trophy or tournament based in the city would be a good way to remember him.”

Martin Reed said: “He was much the same as Barry McGuigan in the way he united people during the Troubles.

“A snooker school or club would be a fitting tribute. Maybe A Hurricane Academy could be a suggestion.”

And snooker star Ken Doherty said: “I think if there is going to be a statue anywhere in the world it should be in Belfast.”

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