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article imageSnooker's Jimmy White reveals cocaine addiction

By Tim Sandle     Nov 6, 2014 in Sports
London - Snooker player Jimmy White, famed for his long potting and speed around the table, has revealed that he has been addicted to crack cocaine in his forthcoming autobiography.
Jimmy White is known for two things in the sport of snooker: incredible potting and an exhilarating fast playing speed; and for coming tantalizingly close to winning the world tittle through reaching six titles (losing out to Steve Davis, John Parrot and four times to Stephen Hendry).
White's career should not be wrongly labelled as a "nearly man", for White won the prestigious U.K. championship and The Masters, as well as ten other major tournaments. He has compiled more than 300 century breaks during his career.
However, one question that fans of "The Whirlwind" (as White is often called) have puzzled over is that how come someone with such a talent not become world champion? The answer, according to White's forthcoming autobiography, it seems is drugs.
In the book White admits that he had a drug habit that cost him up to $15,000 (£10,000) per month at its height. White began with cocaine, a habit he picked up from the Canadian snooker player Kirk Stevens, and he then progressed to the stronger form - crack, which he took over a three-month period. Although White weaned himself off, his other drug habit habitually cost him the odd title and sometimes hampered his assault on the world championship title.
White told The Sun newspaper: “I’m lucky to be alive” and he admitted that drugs “probably cost me 10 world titles.” According to The Guardian, White admitted he had frittered away most of the prize money from his illustrious career.
White's book is called "Jimmy White: Second Wind, My Autobiography", and it is to be published on November 7, 2014.
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