I have to say, i am, gutted. He is one of the few people that give Northern Irish people a good word. A real sporting legend and icon. People here in Belfast talk of George Best and while he was a great footballer etc, for me, Higgins is the ultimate Northern Irish sporting icon.
My sister was telling me a story about her friend who was in Belfast 3 weeks ago and he met Higgins on the street. Basically, her friend asked for a photo. Higgins asked for £20 in return so he could go to the ale house. When my sisters friend asked why he said "what else do i have to live for?". That put a few tears in my eyes.
R.I.P. Alex, YNWA