Champion allrounder Andrew Symonds dies in car accident

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Andrew Symonds. Pic source Twitter @WasimJaffer14

The cricketing world is in shock after the death of yet another legend Andrew Symonds, who died tragically in a car crash Townsville. In March, Australia and the world mourned for the death of Shane Warne.

Symonds, 36, a two-time World Cup winner and “cult figure” was involved in a single-vehicle accident late on Saturday. He is survived by wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy, cricket.com said on its website.

Queensland Police are investigating the crash, which occurred at Hervey Range, about 50km from Townsville, it said.

“Early information indicates shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” a police statement read.

“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.”

Cricket Australia said it was shocked and saddened by the loss of the loveable Queenslander.

Meanwhile tributes are pouring in from around the world. On Twitter, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar said, “Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia. We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family.”

Freddie Wilde, strategic consultant & data analyst for international & domestic teams, tweeted, “Andrew Symonds was many things to many people. To me he was one of my favourite players; a juggernaught of a man on & off the pitch. He was the first great T20 cricketer: a Rolls Royce in the field & a titan with the bat. I was lucky enough to work with him at Fox. RIP, Roy.”

Former Indian criketer Wasim Jaffer also tweeted, “Terrible news to wake up to. Saddened to know that Andrew Symonds is no more. Gone way too soon 💔 Thoughts go out to his family and friends. May God give them strength to cope with this tragedy. #RIP”


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