Ben Stokes’ father passes away after year-long battle with brain cancer

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Christchurch: England star all-rounder Ben Stokes’ father Ged Stokes passed away at the age of 65 in Christchurch on Tuesday (December 8) after losing a year-long battle with brain cancer.

The announcement regarding the death of former New Zealand rugby league footballer was made by his former club, Workington Town, where he played one season in 1982-83, before returning as coach in 2003.

“It is with great sadness that we learn our former player and coach Ged Stokes has passed away,” the club wrote on Twitter. “Ged is written into the rich fabric of Town history and will be greatly missed.”

“Our thoughts are with Deb, Ben and James. Ged still has many, many friends here in West Cumbria and we send our thoughts to them too,” the post added.

Rajasthan Royals also took to Twitter to convey their condolences. “RIP Ged Stokes. One of the greatest characters in our special cricket family. We’re with you Ben. Strength to you and your family,” the franchisee wrote.

Earlier 12 months ago, Ged was first diagnosed and due to the wake of his illness, Ben was granted indeterminate leave during England’s Test series against Pakistan so that he can spend and give time to his family.

Ben also arrived late for the Indian Premier League in UAE to play for Rajasthan Royals in this season. In a column on Daily Mirror, he expressed the importance of his family to him.

“Saying goodbye to my dad, my mum and my brother in Christchurch was tough,” he wrote in October. “It has been a difficult time for us as a family, but we’ve pulled together and supported each other as best we can. And I was able to get on the plane with my parents’ love and blessing after we reached the decision, for me to get back playing, as a family with no external influences.”

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