Cairns’ condition was described as “serious but stable" on August 11 on transfer to Sydney. Last week, he was off life support and communicating with his family.
One of the best all-rounders of his time, Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 ODIs and two T20Is for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006.
He was named one of the Wisden Almanack’s cricketers of the year in 2000 when at the peak of his powers. His father Lance Cairns also played Test cricket for New Zealand.
Cairns and his wife Melanie live in Canberra and have two young children.
The 51-year-old, however, also faced allegations of match-fixing when he played in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008 and fought many legal battles to prove his innocence during which he won a defamation case against IPL founder Lalit Modi in London in 2012.
He again faced fixing allegations from fellow cricketers Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum before being acquitted of perjury and perverting the course of justice following a gruelling trial in London court in 2015.
Fighting corruption allegations took a toll on his life and at one point of time, he had to take up a job with the Auckland Council to drive trucks and clean bus shelters to foot the legal bills.