THE body of snooker legend Alex Higgins may have been left undiscovered for up to TWO WEEKS, we can reveal.
The cancer-stricken star was found dead in his Belfast flat last week. It's thought he might have starved to death.
But it's not known exactly how long the former world champ, 61, had been there for. Police investigating the case know that Higgins spoke to his sister Ann a couple of weekends before. The frail sportsman, who blew at least £3million as he battled a drink and gambling problem, was seen at his local, the Royal Bar, on July 13.
After that, the cops are not sure, which leaves an 11-DAY gap in which he could have passed away.
One close associate said: "No one is exactly sure how long Alex had been dead before his body was discovered - which is really upsetting for his family and friends.
"It was said last week that Alex was probably dead for a few days - but it's feared to be at least a week, probably more. It is a tragic end to a man who had such a glittering career."
Last week celebrity pals including fellow pros Jimmy White and Steve Davis, lined up to pay tribute to The Hurricane. And more stars, including Liam and Noel Gallagher, are expected to turn up for his funeral tomorrow.
Higgins's former PA and lifelong friend Will Robinson said: "We won't know for sure until the coroner reports but I was trying to get hold of Alex for at least ten days.
"I tried calling and even wrote a letter. Even for Alex, it was unusual to go off the radar for so long."
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/89 ... orror.html
This contradicts the following:
South Belfast pensioners Jim and Isobel love sitting outside their favourite cafe on Sandy Row, sipping cappuccinos, smoking a cigarette and watching the world go by.
The couple are fixtures on the street most days and would have often noticed Alex Higgins pass by on his usual route from his nearby flat to the bookmakers.
“We hadn’t seen him since Wednesday, that was the last time,” Isobel said.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/ ... 88594.html
Who would've thought the News of the World would put a sensationist version of what actually happened in order to make a story?
Had it been true though, that would've meant he was lying undiscovered at the time of the Doncaster Snooker Legends Tour where he was mentioned and wished get well soon which brought a spontaneous burst of applause from the crowd.
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