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New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe dies from cancer aged 53

Cricket legend Martin Crowe's battle with cancer is over. 

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Cricket legend Martin Crowe dies aged 53

Considered one of the greatest cricketers to ever play the game, New Zealand legend Martin Crowe has died, aged 53. Vision: Stuff.co.nz

The former Black Caps captain died on Thursday morning in Auckland, surrounded by family.

Crowe had been ill since 2012. He went into remission a year later but in September 2014 suffered a relapse of lymphoma and his condition worsened considerably in recent months.

Crowe spent 14 years in the national team, during which time he established himself as one of the world's finest batsmen.

In 1991 he was named New Zealand sportsman of the year and awarded an MBE for services to cricket. He was later inducted into the New Zealand sports hall of fame.

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In 2015 he was inducted in the ICC hall of fame and received an emotional standing ovation at Eden Park during the World Cup pool match between the Black Caps and Australia.

Crowe had said his diagnosis had helped him realise what was important in life.

"The main thing is the love I have for the people around me, and I only really focus on compassion and forgiveness because that's the only way and I didn't used to do that at all.

"I took too long to grow up, and now I've got that perspective on what my life should be about I've probably never been happier."

Crowe's family released a short statement Thursday, confirming his death. "It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE advise his death," it read.  

He was a cousin of Wellington-born Hollywood star and South Sydney Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe, who also tweeted a tribute. 

The stylish batsman made his international debut in 1982 and played 77 Tests before retiring in 1995. He scored 5444 runs, including 17 centuries, at an average of 45.36.

He played 143 limited-overs internationals and scored 4704 runs, including four centuries.

Crowe is survived by wife Lorraine Downes, daughter Emma and step-children Hilton and Jasmine.


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