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Monday 10 November 2014

Richie Benaud: skin cancer diagnosis

Cricket commentator Richie Benaud has revealed to Nine News he has cancer and is receiving radiation treatment. And the only reason he has decided to speak about it is to raise awareness about looking after one's skin, wearing a hat and putting on skin screen, as he explained in the exclusive Nine News interview.

This health news comes only a year after suffering serious injuries in a car crash.

In fact, the cricket commentary box legend, 84, and his world renowned, iconic voice has been missing from Nine Network's cricket coverage since the accident just over a year ago.

I had the pleasure in interviewing Richie many years ago, when I was at City Weekly, in 2006.

He was nothing short of a gentleman, a lovely man, and very easy to interview. After all, he's a pro, and having been on the other side of a mic makes him an ideal subject - he knows how to answer a question and what a journo needs for their story.

We wish Mr Benaud a speedy recovery and all the best in his treatment journey.

Here is a snap of Richie in his early days.

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