Snookers champion commonly called 'Peoples Champion' won the UK competition, the Masters, and the World Cup.
He became interested in snooker before his teens, often practicing at a local hall instead of attending school.
He was only the second player ever to achieve a maximum break at the World Championships, and the first one to do so left-handed.
He had five children with his wife Maureen White.
He and Steve Davis became two of the most celebrated snooker players of all time.