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© Neena Bhandari, Indo Asian News Service

ImageSydney, June 22 (IANS) Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath's wife Jane passed away Sunday after a battle with breast cancer.

Glenn - who recently spent weeks in India playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League - and their two young children, James and Holly, were by her side when she breathed her last at their home in Cronulla.

Jane, 42, had surgery earlier this year and was recovering, but complications set in and the past week saw a sudden decline in her health.

As the co-founder, along with her husband, of The McGrath Foundation, Jane has left a lasting legacy in providing thousands of women hope and support in their fight against breast cancer.

She co-founded the McGrath Foundation in 2002 after her initial recovery from breast cancer, when she experienced first hand the shortage of breast care nurses in Australia during her treatment. In January this year, the McGraths were awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for their commitment to fighting and raising public awareness for breast cancer.

Glenn said, “I am devastated by the loss of my beautiful wife Jane. She was my best friend. This is also a very tough time for our children James and Holly. I am grateful they were able to spend the time they had with their mother. Both are only young but as the years pass and they grow older I will ensure that they never forget how much she loved them. They were her world.

“I would like to think Jane will be remembered as an extraordinary person whose courage and determination humbled me and inspired so many people.

“Jane would want those women who are battling breast cancer to stay strong. She would want them to draw strength from the fact she didn't only "survive" breast cancer for 11 years, but during that time she lived life to the fullest and found pleasure in the simple things so many people take for granted.

“I never took for granted the time I had with Jane and if there is one thing that can be drawn from her life, it is that every day is a blessing”.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said in a statement, "On behalf of Cricket Australia, but also I am sure of cricket fans everywhere, I offer our sincere condolences to Glenn, James and Holly, as well as to Jane's broader family and many friends,"

"Jane was well-known, loved and admired throughout Australian cricket and was one of the most respected and admired members of the Australian cricket team family group during Glenn McGrath's playing days. All of us who met her were charmed by her dignity and good humour as she tackled her battle with her illness for more than 10 years. We also greatly respected the work she and Glenn did through their Foundation, work which brought and will continue to bring tangible comfort to so many others", Sutherland said.

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