Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer, was killed in a single-vehicle automobile accident in North Queensland, according to authorities.
On Saturday night, near Townsville, where he resided in retirement, the former Test cricket all-rounder was killed in an accident.
The 46-year-old was traveling near the Alice River Bridge on Hervey Range Road just after 11 p.m. when his automobile off the road overturned.
He was revived by emergency personnel, but he died at the site.
The reason for the collision, according to Townsville Acting Inspector Gavin Oates, is unknown.
“That’s still being investigated at this stage. Forensic Crash Unit officers have attended the scene and are conducting the investigation and they will prepare a report for the coroner,” he said.
“The accident was actually heard by neighbors who are people who live nearby that were the first people on the scene and alerted emergency services.
“They provided the assistance they could at the time.”
Symonds is the father of two daughters, Chloe and Billy, and played 26 Tests for Australia, winning two Cricket World Cups.
After travelling from Sydney to Townsville on Sunday morning, Symonds’ wife Laura told The Courier-Mail, “We are still in shock — I’m just thinking of the two kids.”
“He was such a large person, and his children have so much of him.”
Throughout the morning, tributes poured in from across the world, with former teammate and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist expressing his sorrow on Twitter.
He wrote, “This truly aches.”
“Consider your most dependable, fun-loving, and supportive buddy. Roy’s the name.”
Ricky Ponting, who led Symonds during his Test and One-Day International seasons, also paid homage to him on Twitter.
“If Roy shook your hand, you had his word,” Ponting wrote. “That’s the kind of person he was, and that’s why I always wanted him on my squad.”
“An excellent athlete and even better person. It’s hard to think he’s gone.”
After the recent deaths of Shane Warne, Rod Marsh, and Dean Jones, former Australian Test captain Mark Taylor called it “another awful day for cricket.”
“It’s hard for me to believe. Another day of tragedy for cricket “On Channel Nine, he stated.
“Everyone expected him to be a white-ball player. He wanted to show the world that he could play test cricket, and he was successful.
“He was only a showman.
“He wanted to go out and have a good time.”
“Simmo… this doesn’t feel genuine,” former England test captain Michael Vaughan observed.
Damien Fleming, a former fast bowler and commentator, said: “This is such a tragedy. Roy was a blast to be around. Our hearts go out to the Symonds family.”
Jason Gillespie, a former fast bowler, wrote: “It’s a horrible way to start the day. I’m completely devastated. We will all miss you, pal.”
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley praised the ‘prodigious talent’ as well.
In a news statement, Hockley added, “Andrew was a much-loved and admired cricketer in Australia and across the world.”
“With his crisp ball-striking skills, clever spin bowling, and outstanding fielding, he was a bright talent in Queensland from an early age.
“He will be sorely missed by the Australian cricket community, notably by his close friends and teammates at the Queensland Bulls, where he was a popular and well-liked teammate and friend.
“At this heartbreakingly tragic occasion, our sympathies are with his family and friends.”
In the short forms of the game, Symonds was renowned as an explosive hitter and deceptive bowler, but he also became a Test star, averaging over 40 with the bat after hitting two hundreds.
On and off the field, he was known as a larrikin who became a fan favourite following a run-in with a streaker at the Gabba in 2008.
Before Warne’s terrible death in March, Symonds was on the verge of transitioning into coaching, with intentions to assist him in The Hundred competition this year.