Legendary cricket commentator and former Australia captain Richie Benaud has passed away aged 84.
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Benaud lost his battle with skin cancer on Thursday night (UK time), and his death has expectedly triggered an outpouring of emotion from people both within and outside the cricket community.
Widely regarded as one of the most influential men in cricket history, Benaud played 63 test matches for Australia between 1952 and 1964 taking 248 wickets and scoring 2201 runs.
But it was his work with the microphone he’ll be forever remembered for, his dulcet tones and quirky one-liners became a mainstay of the Australian summer for decades upon decades.
He is survived by his wife Daphne and two sons from a previous marriage.
See some of the reaction below:
Sad to hear of the passing of Richie Benaud, a true legend in every respect. He will be missed. Condolences from the rugby league community
— Dave Smith (@DaveSmithNRL) April 9, 2015
Richie Benaud gave a lot of joy to a lot of people. Will always associate him with the summers of my youth. Loved his commentary.
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) April 9, 2015
Rest In Peace Richie Benaud What a marvellous innings you had!
— Anna Meares (@AnnaMeares) April 9, 2015
I have never known cricket without Richie Benaud. A tremendous loss for the game & for Aussies everywhere. #ValeRichie #offwhite #beige