Worcestershire county cricket club has announced the death of Damian D'Oliveira, Director of their Academy and son of England and Worcestershire legend Basil.
He had been suffering from cancer for two years and passed away in the early hours of this morning.
In a statement the club said: "The 53-year-old played for the county between 1982 and 1995.
"He scored more than 9,000 first class runs, with a highest score of 237, and nearly 5,000 List A runs and was part of one of the most successful sides in Worcestershire's history.
"D'Oliveira was also responsible for the discovery of many of the current first team squad which includes his son Brett D'Oliveira. The players were informed of the news of his death shortly before the start of todays LV= County Championship match with Glamorgan at New Road.
"He leaves his wife Tracey and three sons Marcus, Dominic and Brett."