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Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins blasted winds of change through snooker and remained the People's Champion to the end

Ten years on from his death, Alex Higgins remains revered for snooker's rejuvenation

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Master at work: Alex Higgins eyes up the table

Master at work: Alex Higgins eyes up the table

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Alex Higgins celebrating his World Championship win in 1982

Alex Higgins celebrating his World Championship win in 1982

Alex Higgins in 1972

Alex Higgins in 1972

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Higgins in action at the Irish Professional Snooker Championship in 1997

Higgins in action at the Irish Professional Snooker Championship in 1997

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Sad loss: Ken Doherty carries the coffin of Alex Higgins followed by Jimmy White

Sad loss: Ken Doherty carries the coffin of Alex Higgins followed by Jimmy White

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Alex Higgins with the Irish Masters trophy

Alex Higgins with the Irish Masters trophy

Master at work: Alex Higgins eyes up the table

Alex Higgins passed away 10 years ago today and it seems fitting that the occasion coincides with the World Championship bizarrely taking place in the middle of the summer.

The Hurricane's great pal and fellow one-time hellraiser Jimmy White was in action in yesterday's qualifiers ahead of the main event starting next Friday at the famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, moved back from the usual April-May slot due to the pandemic.

A genius on the table and a troubled soul off it, Higgins was World champion in 1972 and 1982, interspersed with numerous spats with the game's authorities and plenty of bust-ups in his not-so-private life.