Snooker Ace Jimmy White Reveals Crack Cocaine Addiction

By Victoria Kim 11/05/14

The famed snooker player recently admitted to a crack habit during the height of his popularity.

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Jimmy White, the famed English professional snooker player, revealed he was addicted to crack cocaine for a three-month period of his career.

The six-time world championship finalist said his three-month stint as a crack user, a habit that cost him up to 10,000 pounds (about $16,000) a month, started with cocaine. In his new autobiography, Second Wind, he revealed that he started using crack after he lost to Steve Davis in the 1984 World Championship final.

The snooker fan favorite was at the height of his career at the time. The 52-year-old, nicknamed The Whirlwind, told The Sun that using crack cocaine “probably cost me ten world titles.” During his career of playing snooker—a game similar to billiards —White has won 23 professional titles including the 1984 Masters, the 1992 UK Championship, and two grand prix crowns.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” he said.

White, who is considered the best snooker player never to win a world title, has qualified for the World Championship no less than six times.  He recounted smoking crack with his friend and fellow player Kirk Stevens in a hotel room at the Irish Masters. Though Stevens may have influenced White’s drug habit, White takes full responsibility for his actions.

“I think Kirk tried it first but I’m my own man and I don’t blame anyone else for making me do something as stupid as smoking crack,” White said. “The blame for that lies at my door only.”

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