Ex-England cricket captain Greig dies

AFP-JIJI

Flamboyant former England cricket captain and television commentator Tony Greig died Saturday at the age of 66 from a heart attack as he battled lung cancer.

The South African-born Greig had only recently been diagnosed with cancer, and suffered cardiac arrest at his Sydney home, dying shortly afterward.

“Tong Greig passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital of cardiac arrest at 1.45 pm,” hospital spokesman David Faktor said.

Greig, who worked for Australia’s Nine Network for decades, first became aware of his illness during Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September.

On his return to Sydney, he had fluid removed from his right lung and testing revealed he had cancer, said the network, which described Greig as a “beloved” character.