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English jury finds former cricketer Roebuck died of suicide in South Africa


Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck

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Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck was “totally in despair” before jumping from a hotel window in South Africa after being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault, an English inquest held almost 13 years after his death was told.

The English-born Roebuck, 55, a former captain of first-class county Somerset, had been in Cape Town to commentate on a match between Australia and South Africa in November 2011 when he died after a fall from the sixth floor of the Southern Sun hotel.

An inquest jury at Cheshire Coroner’s Court in northwest England reached a conclusion of suicide on Friday.

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