Despite winning this morning, John Higgins has withdrawn from the German Masters after learning his father's ill health worsened.
John Senior has sadly passed away today.
Family has always come first for Higgins. He walked out of the 2000 Grand Prix because of a date clash with his brother's wedding.
John Senior was too ill to travel to Telford to watch him win the UK Championship, having been told last September that his cancer was terminal.
It's worth remembering at times like these that snooker, though hugely important to many of us, is just a game.