Former England cricket captain Tony Greig dies

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SYDNEY (AP) — South African-born former England captain and cricket commentator Tony Greig has died of a heart attack. He was 66.

Hospital officials say he died Saturday morning after being rushed to St. Vincent's hospital following a heart attack at his Sydney home.

Greig had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Standing 6-foot-6 with a shock of blond hair, Greig was an imposing and charismatic figure whose strong performances earned him the England captaincy. He played 58 tests for England — 14 as captain.

In the 1980s, Greig joined Australia's Nine Network and his decades behind the microphone made him an institution in Australia's sports scene.

His wife, Vivian, said Saturday: "Our family wants to extend our gratitude for the support and condolences we have received and would ask for privacy at this very sad time."

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