Late Richie Benaud’s family declines Australia state funeral

Late Richie Benaud’s family declines Australia state funeral

Late Richie Benaud’s family declines Australia state funeral

Written by Staff Writer

12 Apr, 2015 | 5:06 pm

Richie Benaud’s widow Daphne has rejected Australian PM Tony Abbott’s proposal for a state funeral.

Benaud said to have died peacefully in his sleep this week at the age of 84, after a storied career as one of cricket’s greatest players, captains and commentators.

Mr Abbott said on Friday Benaud’s death was “the greatest loss for cricket since the loss of Don Bradman” and as such it was appropriate he be offered a state funeral.

However, his widow Daphne phoned the PM’s office on Saturday to “kindly decline” the offer, Mr Abbott said.

The former Test captain and renowned commentator, who died on Friday aged 84, wanted a quiet and private funeral.

He will be remembered in a private funeral attended only by his immediate family, Australian media reported.

The celebrated commentator began his career as a leg-spinning all-rounder and also led the Australian side to three successive Ashes victories in the 1950s and 1960s. He played 63 tests for the kangaroos and was also the first player to score 2,000 test runs and take 200 test wickets.

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