Dennis Taylor has paid tribute to fellow 1980s snooker professional Steve Longworth, who has died at the age of 73 after a short illness.
The 1985 world champion used to practice with the Blackburn professional, who was ranked as high as 30 in the world between 1987 and 1988.
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"So sorry to hear of the passing of Steve Longworth. An excellent snooker player from Blackburn," said Northern Irishman Taylor.
"When I came to England 55 years ago, I practiced a lot with Steve and his Dad Harold.
"Condolences to all his family."
Longworth lost 9-6 to former world number two Tony Knowles in the semi-finals of the 1985 English Professional Championship a year after he joined the tour.
He beat Kirk Stevens 10-4 before losing 13-7 to Stephen Hendry in the last 16 of the 1987 World Championship.
Longworth retired in 1995, but was viewed as a real snooker icon in his home town of Blackburn.
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