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Christopher Martin-Jenkins Dies Aged 67
Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the cricket journalist and former president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, has died at the age of 67.
He was diagnosed with terminal cancer a year ago, and passed away on New Year's Day.
The Test Match Special commentator was given an MBE in 2009, and served as the MCC's president in 2010 and 2011.
A statement on behalf of his family said: "We are very sad to say that Christopher Martin-Jenkins died peacefully at home this morning after his brave resistance to cancer.
"The family is extremely proud of all that he did to pass on his love of cricket worldwide with his gift of communicating through the spoken and written word.
"He was above all a much-loved husband, brother, father and grandfather. The family would be grateful if our privacy could be respected for the time being."
The official account of Lord's Cricket Ground tweeted: "Sad, sad news to start the new year."
Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham wrote: "Very sad to hear of the death of the 'Major' ... Christopher Martin-Jenkins. Our thoughts are with the family. A true gentleman!"
Wisden editor Lawrence Booth described him as a "warm voice from childhood and beyond".
Former England cricketer Graeme Fowler said: "A magnificent writer, broadcaster, and man. The world has lost a gentleman. Cricket has lost a wonderful voice."
Mr Martin-Jenkins was born in Peterborough and had a modest cricketing career before moving into journalism.
He joined the BBC in 1970 as cricket correspondent, and went on to work for The Daily Telegraph and The Times.
His son Robin was a professional cricketer for Sussex until his retirement in 2010, making 162 first class appearances for the county.