White’s confession

Jimmy White has battled a crack cocaine addiction
Jimmy White has battled a crack cocaine addiction
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Six-time World Championship finalist Jimmy White has told of his battle with crack cocaine addiction.

The ‘Whirlwind’, 52, became a huge fans’ favourite in the 1980s and 90s, reaching the Crucible final in 1984 and in every year from 1990 to 1994 but losing on each occasion.

White, though, was hiding a drug habit which cost him up to £10,000 a month, moving from cocaine to its stronger form.

White, who told a national newspaper, ‘I’m lucky to be alive’ and admitted drugs, ‘Probably cost me 10 world titles’, told of smoking crack with his close friend and fellow player Kirk Stevens in a hotel room at the Irish Masters.