Higgins unlikely to rest beside close friend Reed despite request
SNOOKER legend Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins is unlikely to be buried beside his late friend, hell-raising actor Oliver Reed, as he apparently does not own an adjacent cemetery plot.
Mr Higgins is understood to have requested to be buried beside Reed (61) who died in 1999.
Local sources indicated last night that there is no apparent record of Mr Higgins owning a plot beside Reed in the 13th century St James's graveyard in Churchtown -- and, as a result, any interment may have to involve Reed's own plot.
An exhaustive search of cemetery records has yet to be concluded.
It is possible that Mr Higgins may have purchased a plot but not registered it in his own name. However, there are some empty plots in the cemetery -- a short distance from Reed's grave, should the Higgins family specifically request a Churchtown interment.
There was mounting speculation last night that Mr Higgins will, in fact, be buried in his native Northern Ireland.
The Higgins family are understood to favour a burial in Belfast.
Full details of the funeral arrangements are expected to be confirmed within the next 48 hours.
Reed lived for the final years of his life in Churchtown, Co Cork -- and Alex Higgins was a regular visitor.
Reed's favourite drinking haunts were in Churchtown and nearby Buttevant.
When Mr Reed died suddenly in May 1999 of a heart-attack, Higgins insisted on attending the funeral despite being in the middle of treatment for throat cancer.
Reed and Higgins' antics have long-since entered into north Cork drinking folklore. Both would regularly toast a life-sized metal rhinoceros nicknamed 'Horny' which proudly stood on Reed's front lawn. The rhino was a gift to Reed from the Rolling Stones.
Reed also once joked that he 'spiked' Higgins's drink of Irish whiskey with Chanel perfume.