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Cricketer's son commits suicide

2009-05-15 12:27

Cape Town - Cricket great Barry Richards's eldest son has committed suicide, reports said on Friday.
  
Richards, 63, who was born and raised in Durban but now lives in Perth, Australia, confirmed to The Star newspaper that his son, Mark, in his 20s, committed suicide this week.

Richards said that his wife, Anne, from whom he had been separated for some time, was also distraught and unable to come to terms with the tragedy.
 
It is believed that he had a drug problem and was recently admitted to a rehabilitation centre.
  
"It's a difficult time to talk about it now. We are shattered. I'd rather not talk about it now but will eventually do so later on," said Richards, who was one of the world's greatest batsmen in his day.

Richards played in only four Tests against the Australians in 1970, scoring 508 runs at an average of 72.57. He played for Natal from 1964 to 1983, and also for Hampshire and Western Australia. He scored 28 358 runs in his first-class career for an average of 54.74.
  
Richards was earlier this year inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the highest honour for cricketers.
 

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  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-15 14:13

    OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH U AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY

  • Navarac - 2009-05-15 15:44

    Barry Richards was one of the most gifted batsmen I have ever seen because of his ability to be in postion to handle any ball that was bowled at him. Unfortunately this news is a short one to the heart that will be more difficult to handle. Barry, your fans in SA are feeling this blow, too. God bless you and your family.

  • JOHN - 2009-05-15 15:46

    OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  • Dave Cohen - 2009-05-15 16:09

    Sad news indeed. I never missed a ball when he played at Kingsmead and used to travel around Durban to watch him play league cricket. Our hearts go out to him and his family, but then he always had a way of dealing with bouncers, often without a helmet. Durban acknowledges you and support you as we always have. Dave Cohen (Durban)

  • Nick Armstrong - 2009-05-15 16:13

    Strength and Love to you and your family Barry. He's Home now - back Home with God in the Perfect Realm. Take strength from that knowledge.

  • Alicia Myburgh - 2009-05-15 16:15

    My heart and prayers go out to you. "Weep not for me though I am gone into that gentle night. Grieve if you will but not for long upon my soul's sweet flight, I am at peace, my soul's at rest, there is no need for tears. For with your love I was so blessed for all those years. There is no pain. I suffer not, the fear now all is gone. Put now these things out of your thoughts, in your memory I live on. Remember not my strife, please do not dwell upon my death, but celebrate my life" These words have helped me through many sorrows, may it do the same for you. Alicia, Gordons Bay, Western Cape.

  • Dave Cohen - 2009-05-15 16:37

    Sad news indeed. I never missed a ball when he played at Kingsmead and used to travel around Durban to watch him play league cricket. Our hearts go out to him and his family, but then he always had a way of dealing with bouncers, often without a helmet. Durban acknowledges you and support you as we always have. Dave Cohen (Durban)

  • GeePMB - 2009-05-15 17:46

    Another loss of a valuable life! I lost my best mate 2 years ago to suicide, we had a local schoolboy (17) take his life last Wednedsay. There are no words that will help heal those left behind, Barry and family, my thoughts are with you at this tragic time. To those reading this, please take the time to listen to those you know and love, there are many cries for help, please never fob them off!!

  • Carolyn - 2009-05-15 18:05

    Dear Barry, it seems like yesterday that my Dad and I watched you as a 19 year old wonder boy play cricket in Durban North. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  • Jeremy - 2009-05-17 15:43

    To Barry & Family. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Jeremy & Max.

  • Brenda - Canada - 2009-05-18 01:20

    Take care Barry and may the Lord continue to bless you, many are praying for you and yours.

  • Cathy Marsh - 2009-05-20 10:45

    Barry, Ann and family Our deepest sympathy to you all.... our thoughts and prayers are with you Hugs always

  • Kevin Berman - 2009-08-31 12:29

    Wishing you and your family well on your trajic loss

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