Renowned Cricket Writer Roebuck Commits Suicide

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    Peter Roebuck, one of the most respected cricket commentators, who also wrote for Indian newspapers, committed suicide at his hotel here where he was covering Australia's Test series against South Africa.

    According to a statement released by the South African police, the 55-year-old British-born Roebuck, who captained Somerset in 1980s, took his own life.

    "This office can confirm that an incident occurred last night at about 21:15 at a hotel in Claremont where a 55-year-old British national who worked as an Australian commentator committed suicide," the statement said.

    "The circumstances surrounding this incident is being conducted. An inquest docket has been opened for investigation," it said.

    Roebuck was covering the Australia-South Africa series as a radio commentator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He also used to write for Australia's Fairfax newspapers.

    Even though the circumstances leading to his suicide were not clear, it has been reported that he was spoken to by local police on his return to the Southern Sun Hotel Newlands last night after having his dinner outside.

    The hotel, on its part, had also issued a statement, saying, 'an incident that occurred at Southern Sun Newlands was currently under full police investigation'.

    Roebuck was born to two school teachers in Oxford on March 6, 1956, and was one of their six children. He studied law at Cambridge and played 335 first-class matches before deciding to make his career in writing about cricket.

    In the 335 first-class matches, Roebuck, a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1988, made 17,558 runs at 37.27, with 33 centuries. He also led an England team to defeat against Holland.


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    Whatever for did he take his own life?
     
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    R.I.P. Peter Roebuck !
     
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    RIP Peter Roebuck, why did he do this :( ?

    I'll miss him forever.
     
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    Very sad. Why did he take his own life? He was a good writer. I remember how he tore into the Aussies when they had a rough time with India.
     
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    This is a very shocking news indeed.peter was one of the very few Indophiles in the ranks of the Aussie cricket community and his articles were both entertaining and insightful.
     
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    RIP Peter Roebuck.
    Very unfortunate and shocking news. I used to read his articles regularly at smh.com.au.
     
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    RIP.

    Will miss his excellent writeups on cricket. One of the all time greats.
     
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    And he jumped out?

    What were the police chaps doing when he was jumping out.

    Were they there?
     
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    RIP to him.. i heard he had paedophile allegations against him. Sad
     

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