Snooker: White tribute as Higgins laid to rest

The coffin of snooker player Alex Higgins WAs carried by his son Jordan and the former snooker player Jimmy White (back) from his family home in Belfast, Northern Ireland yesterday.

More than 400 people, including snooker stars Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, Willie Thorne, Shaun Murphy and John Virgo, packed St Anne's Church of Ireland Cathedral in the city. White paid tribute to Higgins at the service. "He was mind-blowing," he said. "He did things I'd never seen before. He was 'The Hurricane'. I will miss him to the end." Higgins, 61, died last month after a battle with throat cancer and alcohol.