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Private funeral for Richie Benaud

Published 15/04/2015

Cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud died at the age of 84
Cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud died at the age of 84

A private funeral service was held for former Australia cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud.

Benaud died on Friday aged 84 of complications from skin cancer. His wife, Daphne, declined a government offer for a state funeral in favour of a smaller service at the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Sydney, attended only by family and close friends.

Benaud's former teammate Brian Booth led the service, and former players Shane Warne and Ian Chappell attended.

In the memorial booklet, his family described Benaud as "a special person who means so much to each of us in many different ways".

Benaud, considered one of the most influential cricketers of the past century, played 63 tests for Australia but was better known for his career in the commentating booth.

Later at a commemoration service, Warne and Chappell were joined by current and former Australia captains Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor.

Taylor said following Benaud's death that the celebrated television personality covered all the bases.

"I think that's what set him apart from a lot of people who came before him and probably after him - that he loved playing, he loved competing and he loved commentating and being involved in the game."

In the hours after Benaud's death, Warne took to Instagram to post a photo of an introspective Benaud, along with the words: "I've known you & Daphne for close to 30 years & to everyone you were a legend on all levels & rightly so too. As a cricketer, commentator & as a person, you were the best there's ever been."

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