Heath Streak’s old national teammate Henry Olonga disputed the report, calling it “exaggerated” and incorrect, just hours after it had been confirmed that the pacer from Zimbabwe had passed away.
“I can affirm that Heath Streak’s demise has been significantly exaggerated, according to rumors.He just spoke to me. He was contacted again by the third umpire. Olonga posted a screenshot of what appeared to be a chat between Streak and himself on X, formerly known as Twitter, accompanied with the comment, “He is very much alive folks.
I can vouch for the fact that reports of Heath Streak’s demise were highly exaggerated. He just spoke to me. He was contacted again by the third umpire. Folks, he’s still very much alive. Henry Olonga (@henryolonga) uploaded this photo to Twitter on August 23, 2023.
However, Olonga was the one who initially confirmed the death of his old teammate.
Heath Streak has moved over to the other side, which is sad news. RIP, cricketing legend from Zimbabwe. The best all-arounder we ever created. It was a pleasure playing with you,” Olonga wrote in a message on X, to which numerous media outlets all over the world referred while reporting Streak’s ‘death’. On Olonga’s X profile, the article is no longer viewable.
Streak, 49, has been receiving cancer treatment.