Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh has tragically lost the fight of his life a week after he suffered a major heart attack. 

Marsh, 74, was rushed to hospital last Thursday after he suffered a heart attack while visiting Bundaberg in Queensland for a cricket charity event.   

He was placed in an induced coma and died on Friday morning, several days after he was airlifted to an Adelaide hospital.

Rod Marsh has died a week after he was rushed to hospital suffering a major heart attack

Rod Marsh has died a week after he was rushed to hospital suffering a major heart attack

Rod Marsh has died a week after he was rushed to hospital suffering a major heart attack

The legendary wicketkeeper played 96 Tests for Australia and went on to serve as a selector for the national team.

Marsh scored 3,633 runs and took 355 dismissals during his illustrious career between 1970 and 1984 and was the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in 1972-73. 

His family confirmed the cricket legend was in a critical condition earlier in the week.

‘We know there is a lot of interest in Dad’s condition and our family has been overwhelmed by the messages of love and support from all around the world,’ the statement read.

Rod Marsh (pictured in the 1980s) played 96 Tests for Australia in the 1970s and 1980s

Rod Marsh (pictured in the 1980s) played 96 Tests for Australia in the 1970s and 1980s

Rod Marsh (pictured in the 1980s) played 96 Tests for Australia in the 1970s and 1980s

‘We have listened to and read every one of them and we are incredibly grateful to everyone.’

The family also thanked staff at Bundaberg Hospital, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, and Bulls Masters officials for keeping him alive.

Marsh’s death coincides with Australia’s first Test against Pakistan, which gets underway later on Friday.

More to come. 

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