Cricketer Glenn McGrath's wife dies of cancer
Jane McGrath, the English-born wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, has died after a 10-year battle with breast cancer.cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2008 12:49 IST
Jane McGrath, the English-born wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, has died after a 10-year battle with breast cancer, Cricket Australia said on Sunday.
"It is with deep sadness that the family and friends of Jane McGrath, beloved wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn and loving mother of James and Holly, must announce she passed away at her home this morning," a Cricket Australia statement said.
"With Glenn and their two children by her side, Jane's wonderful life ended peacefully after a sudden decline in her health over the past week."
Jane McGrath, 42, had surgery earlier this year and was recovering before complications set in, the statement said. She began treatment in February 2006 for a third bout of breast cancer which included secondary cancer in her hip in 2003.
"Jane McGrath has left a lasting legacy through the McGrath Foundation, an organization that is providing thousands of women hope and support in their fight against breast cancer," the statement added.
Glenn McGrath, the most successful fast bowler in cricket history, played his last test match in early January of 2006, the fifth and last test of the Ashes series that Australia swept 5-0. He took 542 wickets in 119 test matches.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Jane McGrath put up a brave fight against the numerous bouts of cancer she endured.
"Jane was well-known, loved and admired throughout Australian cricket and was one of the most respected and admired members of the Australian cricket team family group during Glenn McGrath's playing days," Sutherland said.
"All of us who met her were charmed by her dignity and good humor as she tackled her battle with her illness for more than 10 years. It was typical of her to set aside her own concerns and to offer so much energy and hope to others touched by breast cancer."