Partner reveals pain over Curran death

HARARE - The late Zimbabwe cricket player and coach Kevin Curran was obsessed with the game to the extent of “being unhealthy,” his partner of four years, Lettie Bradshaw, has revealed in a heart-opening interview with the Daily News.

 Curran, who was now in charge of local side Mashonaland Eagles, suffered a heart attack while jogging ahead of his team’s clash with the Manicaland Mountaineers in Mutare last Wednesday morning.

He was 53.

A church service will be held this afternoon at 2pm at St Georges College School Cathedral before the family proceeds to a private funeral.

Bradshaw said her partner “battled a certain a degree of stress” due to uncertainty. His contract was with Mashonaland Eagles was set for expire next year.

 “I and many other people know in our hearts that no one had more of a passion for the game than him; he was obsessed almost to the point of it being unhealthy,” Bradshaw told the Daily News yesterday.

 “Unfortunately he suffered a huge amount of stress, he didn’t know where he would end up in Zimbabwe Cricket; he spoke to me about it almost every day and told me his contract was coming to an end in March.

 “It’s also unfortunate that he wasn’t given more of an opportunity to show who he really was. I feel Kevin could have offered ZC so much more, as he was probably one of the best if not the most experienced and talented cricketers Zimbabwe has ever produced. He walked, talked, ate and slept cricket without necessarily looking at what he would gain from it.”

Bradshaw and Curran had known each other for six years, from the time the former Mash Eagles coach had divorced Sarah, the mother of his three teenage sons, in 2006. They lived together for four years before Curran’s death.

She was always by Curran’s side, sometimes accompanying him to games.

“I cannot even begin to explain the absolute devastation pain and shock I felt on Wednesday morning at the gym when I was told of the terrible news of my beloved Kevin, I am devastated beyond all words, my heart feels like it has been ripped out of my chest and I feel like I just wanna die,” she added.

 “Kevin and I shared so much together, we had so many plans, we ran together, laughed together, fished and cried together and oh boy, don't forget all the cricket we watched and did together.

“I ask myself over and over again why I was not with Kevin in Mutare on that fateful morning, it is the first time in four years that he went on a cricket trip without me as I had to take the boys to school, I would have been running next to him and could have helped him.”

 Bradshaw has two sons from her previous marriage. The oldest, 24-year-old Dylan, is a Zimbabwe national rugby team player. The youngest, Devon (19), is also a budding rugby player and lived with the Currans.

“Thank you Kevin my love for being so good to me and my son Devon from the bottom of our hearts. May you sore high with the Eagles, you were loved with a love beyond all telling and will be missed by all of us with grief beyond all tears,” she concluded with tears running down her cheeks.

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