Vale Peter Roebuck

November 14, 2011 at 3:57 am

It is unexpected that my first real post would be a sad one, but I have been very upset to hear of the suicide of Peter Roebuck on Saturday 12 November.

I am a bit of a cricket tragic, and for many years I enjoyed listening to his knowledgeable and witty commentary, and reading his pieces in the Sydney Morning Herald. I can’t begin to provide a review of his work, and I didn’t know him, but I have been saddened by his death.

I think what upsets me most is that he felt driven to throw himself out of his hotel room window to his death. A despairing, sudden and unplanned action by the sound of it. Clearly there is more to the last few hours of his life, and his last visitors were Police, there to question him about something he was alleged to have done. This seemed enough of a trigger to lead him to such a desperate act. If only he could have spoken to someone he trusted before he acted, perhaps they would have been able to counsel him to hold on. However, he was known to be a bit of a loner, so perhaps there was no one close enough to him to help.

As is so often the case in these situations, we who remain collectively shake our heads and sigh, thinking “what a waste”.

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