For four years he fought but Cancer eventually claimed the life of Martin Crowe on March 3 in Auckland.
One of the greatest cricketers of all time and the finest ever produced by New Zealand, Crowe was 53.
The Kiwi great had been suffering from lymphoma for a long time. Though he had initially conquered the disease in 2012, it returned in September 2014.
A champion both on and off the field, Crowe was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985 and was player of the tournament in the 1992 World Cup in which he scored 456 runs in nine matches.
In Tests he captained New Zealand in 16 Test matches from a total 77 played finishing with a tally of 17 tons and a highest score of 299 that came against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 1991.
Hollywood legend Russell Crowe posted a heartfelt tribute on Twitter. The Academy Award winner is a cousin of Marin Crowe.
My champion, my hero, my friend. I will love you forever.
RIP M.D.Crowe . pic.twitter.com/PHynH9RNQ7
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) 3 March 2016
Tributes are also pouring in for Hogan, as Crowe was lovingly called, from all corners of the world:
Very sad to hear of the passing of martin crowe this morning. An inspiration to me and so many others. One of our true greats. RIP hogan
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) 3 March 2016
Just heard the news of Martin Crowe’s passing. Brilliant player and ambassador for our game. Sympathies to Jeff and the family. #Hogan 😪😪
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) 3 March 2016
Rest in peace Martin Crowe. A wonderful batsmen and a man with courage and conviction. Inspired generations of batsmen around the world.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) 3 March 2016
Saddened to hear about the demise of 1 of my favourite batsman #MartinCrowe A great technician&an astute reader of the game.May his soul RIP
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 3 March 2016
Sad to hear of the passing of Martin Crowe today. A true legend of New Zealand sport. Our thoughts are with his family.
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— John Key (@johnkeypm) 3 March 2016
Vale Martin Crowe. A magnificent cricketer and wonderful man who will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with our NZ friends at this sad time
— Cricket Australia (@CAComms) 3 March 2016
Sorry to hear of Martin Crowe’s passing. Condolences to his family.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) 3 March 2016
Our thoughts are with the family of Martin Crowe. RIP a true NZ sporting great. pic.twitter.com/Yr7GoyHv5K
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) 3 March 2016
So sad to hear news of Martin Crowe passing away. For those of us who grew up watching cricket in the 80s, we owe him immensely #RIPCROWE
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) 3 March 2016
RIP Martin Crowe. A very sad day. Thoughts are with friends and family. pic.twitter.com/cfbPHHmSl3
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) 3 March 2016