Oz writer committed suicide

2011-11-13 12:05

Johannesburg - Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck committed suicide in his hotel room South African police confirmed to AFP on Sunday.

England-born Roebuck, 55 and a former first class cricketer, was covering the ongoing Test series between South Africa and Australia.

Captain Frederik van Wyk, spokesman for the South African Police in the Western Cape province, confirmed that a British citizen had been found in his room having committed suicide.

"I can confirm that the incident took place at a quarter past nine on Saturday," said van Wyk.

"A 55-year-old British citizen was found dead in a hotel room in Newlands, Cape Town. He was working as a cricket commentator for an Australian publication. He committed suicide.

"An inquest docket has been opened for investigation. I cannot say more at the moment."

He wouldn't confirm media reports that Roebuck was spoken to by local police earlier on Saturday and that people had seen him in agitated state following that.

The hotel where Roebuck was staying issued a statement admitting that something had taken place but without going into detail.

"There was an incident that occurred at Southern Sun Newlands last night that is currently under full police investigation," it read.

"However, it is our policy at Southern Sun that we do not, under any circumstances, divulge any details regarding any of our guests."

Roebuck studied law at Cambridge and played 335 first-class matches before making a career writing about the sport, quickly establishing an avid following with his forthright, intelligent prose.

He regularly commentated for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and wrote for the nation's Fairfax newspapers.


  • Anthony - 2011-11-13 12:17

    I smell something fishie hear?????

      Klaas - 2011-11-13 12:55

      Cesspit more likely!

  • Gareth - 2011-11-13 12:39

    What is it with Cape Town and tourists ? If they arent killing their wives they are killing themselves. Seems highly suspect that after talking to police and seeming agitated that he is found dead, suspected suicide.

  • paul.maarman - 2011-11-13 12:44

    what the hell!! His insight and knowledge of the game will sorely be missed!! RIP

  • jen.bader - 2011-11-13 13:01

    One of the better cricket writers and will be missed by fans.

  • Morne - 2011-11-13 13:29

    Very sad to hear this. Writers of this guy's quality is hard to come by. Most toe the line of their publishing houses - this guy said what needed to be said. RIP

  • nicholas.hiltermann - 2011-11-13 13:44

    This is sad, he was a brilliant writer

  • Winsome - 2011-11-13 15:28

    He always said it as it is, no BS. Sorry that this has happened. RIP. Your articles will be missed.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-13 16:13

    Very sad - the details of why will be interesting, hopefully not scandalous - so the oke can rest in peace. I fear some sensationalist news may be forthcoming. Mate of mine recently committed suicide - frustrating thing is none of us can figure out why. Knowing why brings closure - so I hope it comes out.

  • Ridwaan - 2011-11-13 17:26

    SA journos are pathetic !! Taken from website .... A Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit began speaking with Roebuck, 55, in his room at the Southern Sun Hotel, Newlands, about 9pm. ..Roebuck, who was agitated, asked a fellow cricket journalist for help. ''Can you come down to my room quickly? I've got a problem,'' he said. He asked for help to find a lawyer and for contact to be made with the students he helped to house in Pietermaritzburg, near Durban. Minutes later Roebuck fell to his death from a window. It is believed only the uniformed officer was in the room. Paramedics rushed to the hotel but Roebuck was pronounced dead. Police established a crime scene and took personal items from the room, including a laptop. Captain Frederick van Wyk of Cape Town police said an inquest into the death had been launched. ''An incident occurred last night at about 9.15pm at a hotel in Claremont where a 55-year-old British citizen, who worked as an Australian commentator, committed suicide,'' he said.

      Gareth - 2011-11-13 20:36

      That is pretty hectic stuff... Seems there is a lot more here, people don’t just got bolting off there balcony in another country without a reason. Certainly not while, or just after, police personnel are present.

  • dofeatsdog - 2011-11-13 18:41

    This is really fishy. I hope it has nothing to do with that bizzare day-2 of the test match @newlands. Could it be that he knew something about p[ossible match rigging in that match? This is definitely not a random event.....definitely not random. Check his cellphone records, his emails anything. I smell a rat.

  • Barry - 2011-11-13 20:18

    Maybe he knew more about the shocking state of world cricket than he should have ?

  • spookhuis - 2011-11-13 21:41


  • Gareth - 2011-11-14 03:26

    “CSA has lost a good friend,” commented Majola...Gerald Majola says the governing body has heard with great shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Peter Roebuck... It turns out that this Peter Roebuck fella was being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault he was involved in at the time before he decided to jump out the ****&^% window six floors down! Why do that?What didn't he want the police to find out?A Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit came to him around 9 pm at his hotel room at Southern Sun Hotel.Apparently as the questioning went on,Roebuck became increasingly agitated, and asked a fellow cricket journalist for help and get him a lawyer asap. Roebuck is not as innocent as it may seem.Back in 2001 Roebuck received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to common assault for caning three young South African cricketers he had been coaching.At the time he said ''Obviously I misjudged the mood and that was my mistake and my responsibility,and I accept that''.

  • Gregory - 2011-11-14 07:52

    Read and form your own opinion, based on fact, which this article cannot fully attest to. The Criminal Record yes, but some of the remainder :

  • Gregory - 2011-11-14 07:53

    The Article is a little confusing to say the least. The man jumped from a 6th floor balcony, thus could surely NOT have been found 'in his room'.................

  • Faizie - 2011-11-14 08:13

    Good, another sex pest gone. Read the news everyday, seems as those who worship ball games get themselves into trouble alot.

  • granville.paulse - 2011-11-14 08:33

    My all time favourite cricket writer. Don't care why or how he committed suicide. All I'm saying is that he was to cricket writing, what Richie Benaud was to cricket commentary, what Viv Richards was to batting and what Malcolm Marshall was to bowling. long live the stories that he told.

  • Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-14 16:47


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