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May 1, 2011

British snooker commentator Ted Lowe dies aged 90

British snooker commentator Ted Lowe dies aged 90

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Lowe started his broadcasting career in the 1940s

British snooker commentator Ted Lowe has died at the age of 90. Lowe, who received the nickname “Whispering Ted” due to his broadcasting style commentated on many of snooker’s biggest events including the 1985 World Championship final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor. His death has come on the same day as the first session of the 2011 World final.

His wife, Jean commented on his death. She said “His health had been deteriorating for the last 10 weeks. He went into a hospice a week ago and I never left his side. But I could see he was slowly going. He still loves snooker and was watching it on TV.”

Tributes have been paid to Lowe by several snooker players and commentators. John Virgo said “He set a standard for us all. He was wonderful, he had an impish sense of humour and while cricket had its John Arlott and Wimbledon had its Dan Maskell, we had Ted Lowe. He was one of the BBC greats. It’s a sad day for snooker and he’ll be sadly missed.”

Jimmy White also posted a message on social networking site Twitter saying “Still in shock and so saddened. Absolutely gutted. He was a great friend of my dad’s and an absolute gentleman. I loved him dearly.”

As well as commentating on snooker tournaments Lowe hosted the BBC television programme Pot Black. Lowe is also remembered by viewers for his quote after colour televisions started to appear. During a game he said “He’s going for the pink, and for those of you with black-and-white sets, the yellow is behind the blue.”

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July 26, 2010

British snooker player Alex Higgins found dead at age 61

British snooker player Alex Higgins found dead at age 61

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Alex Higgins in 2008.
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Snooker player Alex Higgins, nicknamed “Hurricane”, was found dead in his apartment in Donegall Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday. He was aged 61 and had been suffering from throat cancer since 1997.

Born in Belfast on March 18, 1949, Higgins became the champion of the World Snooker Championship at the age of 23 in 1972. He reached the same achievement again in 1982. Higgins’ final title victory was in the Irish Professional Championship in 1989.

During 1986, he received a fine and was banned from five tournaments after headbutting a director of a tournament. He was also banned from playing for one year in 1990 after threatening to have Dennis Taylor, another snooker player, shot.

Recently, Higgins lost all his teeth as the result of having treatment for his cancer. In May 2010, a charity dinner took place in Manchester, England that raised approximately £20,000 (US$30,997, 23,859, A$34,363, C$31,961) so as to allow surgery for new teeth for him to occur. However, Higgins was considered to be too unhealthy to have the surgery in Marbella, Spain.

Dennis Taylor, now a snooker commentator at the BBC, stated that “[t]here was just something about the way he played the game — there was a little bit of [John] McEnroe in there. I don’t think you’ll ever see a player in the game of snooker like the great Alex Higgins.”

Philip Studd, another commentator of snooker for the BBC, has described the late snooker player as being “snooker’s original troubled genius” and that Higgins was “[c]harismatic, flash, fast, unpredictable, combustible — you just couldn’t take your eyes off the ‘Hurricane’.” Studd continued to explain that “[w]hile he could never match the consistency of Steve Davis or Stephen Hendry, Higgins on his day was the greatest of them all. He touched the heights in 1982 when he won his second world title. He pipped Jimmy White to the final thanks to a break still widely regarded as the finest ever made. His tears of triumph after beating Ray Reardon — wife and baby in arms — remains one of snooker’s most iconic moments. Without Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins snooker would never have become one of the most popular television sports in the 1980s and beyond.”



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October 10, 2006

Snooker player Paul Hunter dies of cancer, age 27

Snooker player Paul Hunter dies of cancer, age 27

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

English snooker player Paul Hunter died on Monday evening, losing his battle with cancer. He was 27.

Hunter announced on April 6, 2005 that he was suffering from neuroendocrine tumours, a rare form of cancer. He died in a hospice in Huddersfield five days short of his 28th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Lyndsey, and a daughter, Evie Rose.

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