Twitter reaction to Richie Benaud’s death


* Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee: “Very sad to hear the news today of the passing of Richie Benaud. What a legend of a cricketer and broadcaster for @Channel9 @WWOS9 #bestever”

* Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath: “Very sad news about Ritchie Benaud. A legend of Australian cricket & the commentary box. We’ve lost a true Aussie icon ?? RIP Ritchie”

* Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon: “Very sad to hear the news that the great Richie Benaud has passed! #truelegend #RIP”

* Australian cricketer Peter Siddle: “Growing up the summer of cricket had only one voice. Richie RIP, you will be missed mate #Legend #RIPRichie #VoiceOfTheGame”

* Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann: “Our thoughts are with the Benaud family at this time, RIP one of the games all time greats! He will be missed by the whole cricketing world.”

* Prime Minister Tony Abbott: “A sad day for Australia. We have lost a cricketing champion and Australian icon. What an innings. RIP Richie Benaud”

* Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten: “Australia has lost a legend of cricket & the voice of our summers sad day for our country. Farewell & rest in peace Richie Benaud.”

* Greens leader Christine Milne: “Vale Richie Benaud. #RIPRichieBenaud We are a grateful nation.”

* Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk: “Sad news to hear of the passing of Richie Benaud – a true Australian cricketing legend and voice of Australian Cricket. #RIPRichieBenaud”

* Former Socceroos player Harry Kewell: “A sad day in cricket. I will sadly miss listening to the legend #richiebenaud’s commentary. His voice IS cricket #RIPRichieBenaud #legend”

* Australian cyclist Anna Meares “Rest In Peace Richie Benaud What a marvellous innings you had!”

* NRL chief executive Dave Smith: “Sad to hear of the passing of Richie Benaud, a true legend in every respect. He will be missed. Condolences from the rugby league community”

* British Formula One driver Martin Brundle: “RIP Richie Benaud. A true gentleman and inspiration in sport and sports commentary. A class act and great reminder that less can mean more”

* NRL star Cameron Smith: “Farewell to Richie Benaud, a cricket legend, both on and off the pitch. The voice of many Aussie childhood summers. Thanks for the memories”

* British newsman Piers Morgan: “RIP Richie Benaud. The greatest cricket commentator of them all & a wonderful man. #MourningEveryone”

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