Reports of the former Zimbabwean cricketer Heath Streak’s death were debunked as a hoax, as his ex-teammate Henry Olonga confirmed that the 49-year-old is indeed alive.
In a statement shared on the platform formerly known as Twitter, Olonga clarified: “I can affirm that the rumors regarding Heath Streak’s passing have been greatly exaggerated. I just spoke with him. The third umpire has not signaled him out; he is very much alive, folks.”
I can confirm that rumours of the demise of Heath Streak have been greatly exaggerated. I just heard from him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks. pic.twitter.com/LQs6bcjWSB
— Henry Olonga (@henryolonga) August 23, 2023
Interestingly, it was Olonga himself who initially conveyed the news of Streak’s passing on social media:
“Regrettably, there were reports suggesting that Heath Streak had passed away. Rest in peace, legend of @ZimCricketv. You were the greatest all-rounder we produced. It was a privilege to play alongside you on the field We’ll reunite on the other side when my bowling spell concludes,” he had posted.
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Streak has been receiving treatment from one of South Africa’s most respected oncologists since May, as revealed by his family.
Streak bid farewell to professional cricket in 2005, amassing 1990 runs with an average of 22.35 and claiming 216 wickets with an average of 28.14 in Test cricket. In the realm of white-ball cricket, Heath amassed 2,943 runs and secured 239 wickets to his name.