Heath Streak cause of death: How did the former cricketer die?

Renowned Zimbabwean veteran cricket player and captain, Heath Streak, has died. He passed away at age 49. Heath Streak cause of death is said to be either colon cancer or liver cancer which he had been battling for years.

According to his wife, Nadine, Streak died in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 3, at his farm in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. The deceased had been visiting a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, twice a week for his specialist treatment, per sources.

“In the early hours of this morning, Sunday the 3rd of September 2023, the greatest love of my life and the father of my beautiful children, was carried to be with the angels from his home where he wished to spend his last days surrounded by his family and closest loved ones. He was covered in love and peace and did not walk off the Park alone,” Nadine’s Facebook post read.

Two weeks ago, reports of the veteran’s death spread on social media. However, his family shot the reports down, saying Streak was still alive.

Who was Heath Streak?

Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on March 16, 1974, Streak started playing professional cricket in 1993. He was only 19 at the time. His international career started with Zimbabwe men’s national cricket team, also known as the Chevrons. Streak’s test debut was against Pakistan, in December 1993.

His father is Denis Streak who is also a legendary cricketer. So, it’s obvious that Heath followed his father’s footpath to become the top-notch cricketer he was.

In the year 2000, just seven years after his international test debut, Streak was appointed captain of his team. He captained both test and ODI formats. However, he resigned the following year following disagreements with the Cricket Board.

Again in 2002, he was appointed the captain. This time, he took his team to the 2003 Cricket World Cup which South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya co-hosted.

Streak was sacked from the Chevrons by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. This was as a result of his alleged involvement in rebellions against political authorities.

The veteran cricketer finally retired from the Zimbabwe national team in 2005. After his retirement, he headed to play county cricket where he captained Warwickshire County Cricket Club in the United Kingdom.

In addition, Streak has the second-most Test caps, 65, and 189 one-day international appearances for his country between 1993 and 2005, claiming more than 450 international wickets.

He was the most successful test captain of Zimbabwe with four wins and he was also the second most successful ODI captain with 18 wins.

Streak also coached the Chevrons in 2009.

Heath Streak cause of death

Either colon or liver cancer or both, contributed to Streak’s death. He had been fighting the diseases for a long time. In May this year, several reports had it that he was diagnosed with stage 4 liver and colon cancer.

Sean Williams, who currently plays for the Chevrons, told Cricbuzz in an interview in May that “Heath has colon and liver cancer (Stage 4). All I know at this stage is Heath’s immediate family was called to go to him in South Africa…It sounds like the cancer is spreading pretty quick cause last week he was fishing”

Meanwhile, in the Facebook post made by his wife, Nadine, no cause of death was disclosed. But it is public knowledge that the former cricketer was gravely ill with the aforementioned diseases.

Source: TimeGist.com

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