Vale: Tony Greig

By David Knox on December 29, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 8

tgreFormer cricketer and veteran Nine commentator Tony Greig has died aged 66, following a heart attack.

He was rushed to St Vincent’s hospital. It is understood his family were with him when he died.

In a statement his wife said: “Our family wants to extend our gratitude for the support and condolences we have received and would ask for privacy at this very sad time.”

Greig, 66, had also been battling lung cancer. He first became aware he had a problem during Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan in August. Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered. Tests later revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.

Last month he told the Channel Nine commentary team, “It’s not good. The truth is I’ve got lung cancer. Now it’s a case of what they can do.”

South African born Greig made his mark in international cricket, including 58 Tests between 1972 and 1977, and leading England in 14 Tests.

He was recruited for Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket revolution. The controversial move was rewarded with a “job for life” by Packer becoming a key broadcaster in cricket commentary.

Today David Gyngell, CEO Nine Entertainment Co. said, “It is a deeply upsetting time for his family and for…. many, many others who came to know and love the man.”

James Packer said, “Our cricket enemy turned our mate … Tony stood shoulder to shoulder with my father at times when it was not always fashionable.”

Nine will run a special on Greig at 6:30pm.

Updated.

Source: The Age,

8 Comments »

  1. tvf December 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm -

    Very sad. RIP.

  2. TBone23 December 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm -

    Sad day R.I.P

  3. deedeedragons December 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm -

    Well this sucks. R.I.P.

  4. Dave December 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm -

    Who could forget the weather wall and the pitch test with a key. He taught me what a barometer was. A big loss to the commentary team.

  5. tvjunkie01 December 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm -

    Big Loss to the cricketing community, Always loved watching the cricket over summer and hearing Tony In the commentary along with Bill Lawry, Richie etc.

    Ch.9 are doing a tribute straight after the evening news tonight, 6:30pm for him.

  6. Nick December 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm -

    He’ll certainly leave a huge personality void in the commentary team.

  7. Dr_Rudi December 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm -

    David – appreciate the post updates – the ABC are reporting he died from a heart attack.

  8. Bogues December 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm -

    Very sad news for the whole cricketing community.

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