The Essex flat in which former England cricketer Trevor Bailey died is being examined by fire investigators.
Firefighters called to a smoke-logged property in Westcliff on Thursday morning found the 87-year-old in the kitchen.
A woman, believed to be Mr Bailey's wife Greta, was rescued. Her condition is not known.
Mr Bailey won 61 Test caps between 1949 and 1959 and played county cricket for Essex for more than 20 years.
He scored 1,000 runs and took 100 wickets in a year several times.
Fellow Test Match Special commentator Henry Blofeld said: "He was a tremendous colleague, a great friend and man I shall miss hugely.
"To work with he was exactly like he was as a cricketer. He was canny and let nothing pass."