Exclusive : "Clive Rice did not die of lung cancer", says Ali Bacher
After South African all-rounder Clive Rice passed away on 28th of July, new facts regarding his demise seems to be coming out. Clive’s team mate and close friend Ali Bacher brought the fact forward that Rice had actually succumbed due to the side effects of the dosage of drugs that were given to him to fight with the cancerous tumour.
“Sadly, Clive succumbed to septicaemia, brought on by a series of infections because of the anti-cancer drugs which killed the white blood corpuscles”, Bacher stated in a conference.”Basically, Clive lost the shield of immunity. It’s incorrect to assume that he died because of the disease,” he added.
He also informed that he had visited Rice 3 weeks before the sad incident took place and even spoke to him 10 days ago. “On both occasions, Clive said he was ‘fine, though a bit tired'” as he had responded to Bacher.
“Last August, I was myself in a hospital in Pretoria, getting my pacemaker changed, when I learnt Clive too was there. As expected, Clive was positive and confident that he’d get over his troubles. Cancer, I think, had just been detected. No more than a few minutes were spent dwelling on the disease. After that, we spent half-an-hour discussing cricket…That was Clive.”
“I was fortunate to have dealt with Clive in different capacities and, never, did I hear him talk of losing a match. It wasn’t Clive’s nature to have a defeatist attitude. His mental make-up was such that the thought of losing never took root. In fact, Clive had the same approach to his battle with cancer. He wanted to defeat it, but succumbed to the after-effects of drugs which were to cure him,” Bacher said looking back at the memories shared with Clive.
Clive Rice, who died at the age of 66, was the first captain of separated South Africa and one of the finest all-rounders the soil has ever produced.
Source : The Telegraph
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