Legendary New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe passed away at the age of 53 after suffering from terminal double-hit lymphoma since September 2014. He died on Thursday in Auckland surrounded by his gamily.

“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE advise his death,” the statement from his family said. “Diagnosed in September 2014 with terminal double-hit lymphoma, he passed away peacefully today, Thursday, March 3, in Auckland surrounded by family.”

On the official Blackcaps website : “New Zealand Cricket is deeply saddened at the passing of our country’s greatest batsman, Martin David Crowe, aged 53. Our thoughts at this moment are with his much-loved family members, friends and all who loved him.”

“NZC will fully acknowledge Martin’s enormous contribution to the game at an appropriate juncture.”

“The main thing is the love I have for the people around me, and I only really focus on compassion and forgiveness because that’s the only way and I didn’t used to do that at all. “I took too long to grow up, and now I’ve got that perspective on what my life should be about I’ve probably never been happier.”