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Former England captain and popular cricket commentator Tony Greig died of heart attack in Sydney on Saturday, according to Australian broadcaster Nine Network which employed him as a cricket commentator. He was 66 and survived by wife Vivian, daughters Samantha and Beau, and sons Mark and Tom.

Tony Greig was diagnosed with lung cancer in October and had been undergoing treatment since then.

"It's a deeply upsetting time for his family and for everyone associated with Tony at Nine, and indeed for many, many others who came to know and love the man. Tony has been part of Nine's commentary team since 1979. He's not only been part of our family, but he's had a seat at the head of the table," said Nine Entertainment Company CEO David Gyngell in a statement.

"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," Vivian Greig, wife of Greig, told Channel Nine.

Born on October 6, 1946, Greig played 58 tests for England, scoring 3,599 runs with an average of 40.43 during his career between 1972-1977 and captained England from 1975 to 1977. He scored eight centuries and took 141 wickets.