Former Australian cricketer Bob Holland passes away at 70

Holland passed away suddenly and promptly after suffering a brain bleed while in the hospital.

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(AUSTRALIA OUT) Great Ashes Moments. Former Australian leg-spinner Bob Holland celebrates his 60th birthday at Roronto’s Ron Hill Oval, near Newcastle, 23 September 2006. NCH Picture by GLEN MCCURTAYNE (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Former Australian Test cricketer Bob ‘Dutchy’ Holland passed away after losing his battle with cancer. The 70-year-old has been a victim of the deadly disease, brain cancer, for long and finally attained salvation on Sunday afternoon. The tragedy took place just two days after Holland attended a tribute night in his honor in Newcastle.


Holland passed away suddenly and promptly after suffering a brain bleed while in the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with broken ribs after a fall last week. However, The Southern Lakes, NSW and Australian spinner opted not to go to the hospital immediately and attended a function organized to pay tribute to him. The ceremony was hosted by former Aussie skipper Mark Taylor at Toronto Workers Club on Friday night.

“He had the best time of his life on Friday where he spent time with a lot of his mates at his dinner,” son Craig told The Newcastle Herald on Sunday night.

“He showed no pain on the night and stayed till the end of the show. My family were amazed as we thought he might stay an hour or two.” he added. “He went to the grand final of the Newcastle baseball and watched his grandson play in two games.”

“He had a bad night last night and mum decided to take him to hospital this morning. It was confirmed he had broken a few ribs.” stated Craig.

Holland was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in the month of March. He underwent surgery a week later for the removal of a part of the tumor. Chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed.

Craig said his father “quickly and peacefully passed away” after suffering the brain bleed. “My family are humbled by and appreciate the support of the community and his friends for their support in the past and recent difficult times,” he said.

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