Cricket Australia announced that Andrew Symonds, an ex-Australian all-rounder, was killed in a car accident at 46.
The cricket legend was involved in a single car crash Saturday night in Hervey Range, near Townsville in northeast Australia.
Queensland Police released the following statement: “Early Information indicates that shortly after 11pm, the car was being driven along Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge, when it left the road and rolled.
“Emergency services tried to revive the sole occupant and 46-year-old driver, but he died from his injuries.
“The Forensic Cargo Unit is investigating.”
Cricket Australia described Symonds, “a cult hero at the peak of his international playing career” and “one of the most skilled all rounders Australian cricket has ever seen.”
It said that the Queenslander was a bigger-than-life figure, who enjoyed a large fan base in his peak years due to his hard-hitting ways and his larrikin personality.
Symonds was a 26-matcher for Australia, posting two centuries. However, he is better known as a specialist in limited-overs.
He won two World Cups and played in 198 one-day internationals on behalf of Australia.
Symonds, who had retired as a cricket player, became a commentator for broadcasters of cricket.
Symonds is the third Australian cricket legend to die this year, after Rod Marsh and Shane Warne who both died from suspected heart attacks.
Symonds was fondly remembered by former teammates and rivals Adam Gilchrist, and Michael Vaughan.
Gilchrist, a former wicketkeeper, tweeted heartbreak and crying emojis with the simple message: This really hurts. #roy #rip”
Vaughan, an ex-captain of England wrote: “Simmo.. This doesn’t feel like real.. #RIP
The South Australian Cricket Association expressed its sympathy to Symonds’ family and friends.
Roy, we are so grateful for the many times you made us smile. The organisation said that they will miss you deeply.
“Countless memories of amazing skill. Roy could do it all.
Ricky Ponting, former Australian cricket captain wrote: “If Roy shakes your hand, you had his word. That’s the kind of guy he was, and that’s why i always wanted him to be on my team.
“A remarkable player and a great human being. I can’t believe he’s gone.
“Thoughts are with his loved ones at this moment.”