Cricket writer Peter Roebuck plunges to death from hotel room's window
Famous cricket writer and former Somerset captain Peter Roebuck leapt to his death from a hotel window in South Africa where he was covering Australia's Test series. Cricketer turned commentator Peter Roebuck, 55 plunged six floors in the apparent suicide in Newlands hotel in Cape Town.
According to sources, he was being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault. Mr Roebuck, one of six children born in Oxford to teacher parents, was apparently estranged from his family for much of his adult life
He played 335 first-class matches in county cricket. After retiring from cricket in 1991, Mr Roebuck turned his hand to writing and broadcasting. He wrote for the nation's Fairfax newspapers and regularly commentated for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.