Ex-cricketer Keegan Taylor dies

HARARE - Former Manicaland first-class cricketer Keegan Taylor died in Harare on Friday following a short illness, aged 29.

Taylor spent over a week at the Trauma Centre in Harare before succumbing to heart failure on Friday. 

Born and bred in Mutare, Taylor was now working and living in Tanzania at the time of his death and had recently been holidaying in the United States.

He had returned home to Zimbabwe to complete the festive holidays and while sleeping at home, Taylor developed complications in the lungs. 

He was later rushed to hospital, where he battled for his life for a week before he was pronounced dead on Friday.

A right-handed batsman and right-arm spinner, Taylor played three first-class matches for his home province in the 2001-2002 season, but never took his cricket career beyond that despite his obvious talents.

Zimbabwe batsman Tino Mawoyo, who grew up with Taylor in their hometown of Mutare, expressed his sadness at the news of his friend and former teammate’s demise.

“It is with great sadness that I learnt of the untimely death of my friend Keegan,” Mawoyo said yesterday.

“In fact, he was more than a friend, he was a brother to me. Our friendship goes back to our days at Hillcrest College in Mutare where he captained me at first team level in 2003. We also represented Manicaland together for several years. He had a great passion for cricket and life in general. I extend my deepest condolences to the Taylor family, R.I.P.”

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