Richie Benaud’s family declines state funeral 106



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The news of Richie Benaud’s death on Friday sent shockwaves around the country and the world.

The much loved former cricketer and commentator died on the 10th of April in his sleep after reported complications with skin cancer.

According to SMH, a state funeral for Richie Benaud has been declined, and instead Richie will be remembered in a private ceremony.

Tony Abbott offered the Benaud family a state funeral as a mark of respect but has how announced, “My understanding is that Richie’s own wishes was for something very, very quiet and very, very private”.

It is reported that Daphne Benaud, Richie’s widow, called Canberra yesterday and respectfully declined.


Tell us today, do you believe that state funerals are a nice way to farewell the deceased? Would you have like to have gone to Richie Benaud’s if possible? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Ohhh, I can understand . A state funeral would be a big expense. A simple man with just close friends would be so much quieter, no fuss. Vale Ritchie. D

  2. Glad Richie is getting his wish, nice for old friends to pay their respects without turning it into a huge event.

  3. A State funeral involves massive publicity. I’d prefer privacy myself. It’s a big enough ordeal without TV coverage etc.

  4. The huge fanfare of a State funeral wouldn’t have been Richie’s style. Good on his family for adhering to what he would have wanted. RIP Richie.

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