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Henry Olonga Sparks Heath Streak Death Rumors: Clarification Ensues
By CricShots - Aug 24, 2023 11:24 am
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Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has ended the swirling rumors of his demise, confirming that he is very much alive. The confusion arose when Henry Olonga, Streak’s former teammate, initially announced news of Streak’s passing. However, Olonga swiftly countered his own claim by sharing a screenshot of a WhatsApp chat with Streak.

Heath Streak
 Heath Streak

In the chat, Streak unequivocally stated, “I am alive.” He politely requested Olonga to retract the earlier post that had spread false news about his death. Streak’s words read, “Revert this runout immediately, buddy.”

The official Zimbabwe Champions’ Account tweeted, “Relieved to confirm that Heath Streak, the former @ZimCricketv cricket legend, is very much alive and well. We continue to celebrate his remarkable contributions to the sport!”

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England’s Barmy Army, the official handle of England cricket team fans, tweeted, “Amazing news to hear the Zimbabwean legend Heath Streak is alive and well, after previous reports of his demise.”

Fans reacted to the confusion surrounding Heath Streak’s status and the subsequent clarification. Some criticized Henry Olonga for sharing unverified information, and some expressed relief at the truth being revealed.

Henry Olonga
Deleted tweet from Henry Olonga

One Twitter user pointed out, “Henry Olonga is one of the people who posted about Heath Streak’s death, media houses saw his tweet and ran with it, he deleted his tweet never apologized for the misinformation he was spreading, and confirmed Heath is alive. You have access to the family but you ran to Twitter.”

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Another user highlighted the chain of events: “He is Heath Streak, former Zimbabwe Cricketer, 49 years old. He was declared dead by many official news sites at 3 AM. Social media was flooded with emotional messages from cricketers, commentators, and fans. Just an hour back, he declared himself alive in a WhatsApp chat.”