- Publish Date
- Thursday, 19 August 2021, 11:38PM
Former Black Cap Chris Cairns is off life support and has been able to communicate with his family after collapsing in Australia.
The 51-year-old collapsed after suffering a massive heart attack two weeks ago in Canberra - resulting in an aortic dissection, which is when a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body's main artery.
He was then rushed to a specialist hospital in Sydney for emergency heart surgery last week and has been on life support since.
Cairns, the son of Black Cap legend Lance Cairns, was a right-hand batsman and fast-medium bowler. He is known as one of the finest all-rounders of his generation.
Cairns played 62 test matches, 215 one day internationals and two T20s for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. He went on to become a commentator with Sky Sport.
Cairns has been living and working in Canberra with his wife Mel and their children for several years.