New Zealand great Martin Crowe has passed away after losing a long battle with cancer. The former Black Caps captain was 53.
Crowe had suffered from lymphoma since 2012 and was diagnosed with terminal double hit lymphoma in 2014. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, daughter Emma and stepchildren Hilton and Jasmine.
“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE advise his death,” his family said in a statement.
“Diagnosed in September 2014 with terminal double hit lymphoma he passed away peacefully today, Thursday 3rd March in Auckland surrounded by family.
“The family request privacy at this time.”
My champion, my hero, my friend. I will love you forever.
RIP M.D.Crowe . pic.twitter.com/PHynH9RNQ7
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 3, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of martin crowe this morning. An inspiration to me and so many others. One of our true greats. RIP hogan
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) March 3, 2016
One of the most gifted players to ever represent New Zealand, Crowe represented his country for 14 years, having made his debut as a 19-year-old. He would go on to captain New Zealand from 1990 to 1993, and gained a reputation as a stylish batsman and an innovative captain.
In his 77 Tests, Crowe scored 5,444 runs – at the time a New Zealand record – at an average of 45.36. He retired aged just 33 after struggling with a chronic knee injury.
Following his retirement, Crowe would become a mentor to a new generation of cricketers, and was a highly regarded writer and broadcaster.
So sad to hear news of Martin Crowe passing away. For those of us who grew up watching cricket in the 80s, we owe him immensely #RIPCROWE
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 3, 2016
RIP Martin Crowe. A very sad day. Thoughts are with friends and family. pic.twitter.com/cfbPHHmSl3
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) March 3, 2016
Crowe was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame at last year’s World Cup. It was prior to the World Cup that Crowe penned in a column on Cricinfo: “My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch. So this is likely to be it. I can happily live with that.”