Jimmy White has paid tribute to his friend Alex Higgins, who died on Saturday.
White told the Daily Mirror: "I was crying all yesterday. I'm absolutely devastated.
"I was in awe of him. I didn't always agree with what he did but I loved him. I have lost a friend and I will remember him forever.
"Alex took snooker in the 1970s to the heights which it reached in the 80s - that was all down to him."
White is on his way back from the Six Reds World Championship in Thailand to attend Higgins's funeral.
A book of condolence will be opened at Belfast City Hall this morning.