The wife of deceased former West Indies player and selector Joey Carew, Marion Carew, has died. And her death prompted a response yesterday from West Indies cricket icon Brian Lara.

In a press release, Lara said: " I was informed of Mrs. Carew's passing through her son Michael and I am shocked and devastated to learn of her passing. As everyone knows, Marion was like a second mother to me and I view her in the same way as I do my own mother.... her passing is a tremendous family loss to me.

"She lovingly accepted me into her home and family when her husband, the late Joey Carew, my mentor, decided with the agreement of my parents that I would live with their family to facilitate my attendance at Fatima College. I fondly recall the happy days at her home with her sons Michael and David, who are also like my own brothers."

Lara said he would be, "immediately returning to Trinidad to be with the other members of the Carew family at this difficult time."

Joey Carew died in January last year.