Sunday, June 22, 2008

Jane McGrath dies of cancer

Jane McGrath, the wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, has died after complications resulting from a surgery. McGrath,42, had battled breast cancer and a brain tumour, and had also campaigned for cancer awareness, setting up the McGrath Foundation with her husband.

"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 statement issued by the McGrath Foundation 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."

Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, paid tribute to McGrath while offering his condolences to the family. "Jane's courageous struggle touched all Australians," he said in statement. "Jane was an inspiration whose legacy will continue to benefit so many others."

James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia, also offered his condolences. "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.

"All of us who met her were charmed by her dignity and good humour as she tackled her battle with her illness for more than 10 years," he said. "We also greatly respected the work she and Glenn did through their foundation, work which brought and will continue to bring tangible comfort to so many others."

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