Don’t panic snooker fans, John Higgins has not been slain in the Crucible theatre, he is alive and well, and into the World Championship semi-finals.
The Wizard of Wishaw came through an absolute slug-fest with Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals in Sheffield, but appeared to have been struck down at one stage of the match.
With the Australian at the table, the Scot looked like maybe someone had poisoned his glass of water, perhaps he’d taken a bullet from a crazed fan, or he had just drifted off in his chair.
Whatever had happened, the sight of Higgins slumped in a most unnatural position in his chair had people concerned…
You okay, John? pic.twitter.com/iZzjIEK5vE
— Live Snooker (@Livesnooker) May 1, 2019
It turned out that the four-time world champion was absolutely fine and he was just watching the television in the theatre in a pretty weird way.
‘I was checking the angle of the shot on the screen above,’ said the Scot, who was chuckling away in the press room when he was shown the video.
No need to worry then, Higgins was very much keeping an eye on the action rather than shuffling off this mortal coil.
Not only did the 43-year-old manage to avoid the grip of the reaper, but he managed to beat Robertson 13-10 to reach an incredible 10th World Championship semi-final.
Higgins is the fifth man to reach 10 Crucible semis and he has won seven of his previous nine contests in the semis.
John follows Stephen Hendry (12), Steve Davis (11), Ray Reardon (10) and Ronnie O’Sullivan (11) with double-figure trips to the World Championship semi-finals.
Higgins takes on David Gilbert in the semis on Thursday afternoon while Gary Wilson meets Judd Trump in the other final four clash.