Hunter's death shocks snooker world

A 27 year old Snooker whizzkid has died from cancer it emerged yesterday. Paul Hunter known as 'Beckham of the Baize,' was diagnosed with the disease a year ago but battled hard during the illness.

The loss of such a young talent has sent shockwaves through the snooker establishment as the great and the good poor into pay tribute to a young whizzkid who had every chance of being a future World Champion.

He undertook cheamotherapy and even trundled on playing in some tournaments.

But with only winning one match it was time for Paul to pack away his cue and concentrate on recovery.

He leaves a wife and child and several friends in the snooker world who will sorely miss his youthful smile, battling nature on the table and his fashion conscious image which made him known as 'Beckham of the green Baize.'

Michael Holt, player and friend, said: 'I just can't believe he's gone. Ive lost a friend. He was a good lad. Some of the matches he came back from showed he was a fighter.'

Ken Doherty, former World Champion echoed these sentiments saying that Hunter's loss was a tragedy for snooker and the sporting world.

The BBC are in the middle of discussing the best way to pay tribute to the snooker star yet to be organised.