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Former England captain Tony Greig is dead

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Updated: Saturday, December 29, 2012, 12:36 [IST]
 
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Former England captain Tony Greig dead

New Delhi, Dec 29: Former England skipper turned commentator Tony Greig has died at the age of 66, on Saturday (December 29) in Sydney, due to cardiac arrest. He was battling lung cancer.

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A St Vincent's hospital spokesman, David Faktor, was quoted by "Daily Telegraph" as saying, Greig arrived at hospital in a "critical'' condition and died of cardiac arrest. "The staff at the emergency department worked on Mr Greig to no avail and he passed away at a quarter to two this afternoon," he said.

He added: "I understand his family were with him when he passed away."

The 66-year-old England cricketer was diagnosed with lung cancer in the month of October and according to his son, Mark the disease had progressed to 'stage four'.

The cricketer was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital in the morning and was 'dangerously ill' according to a hospital spokesperson.

"He's in the best place and is getting the best possible care," Mark, Grieg's son said Sunday Telegraph earlier today.

Tony Grieg underwent several tests during the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka this year which revealed that the former cricketer turned commentator was suffering from lung cancer.

According to Sydney Herald report, a lot of fluid was drained from the lung during his return from the T20 World Cup to Australia where he was supposed to be a part of the commentary team during the Test series in Australia.

The 66-year-old had represented England in 58 Tests and scored 3599 at an average of 40 during his career spanning five years that ended in 1977.

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Story first published:  Saturday, December 29, 2012, 10:31 [IST]
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