Former Australian soccer player and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds has died after a car accident in Queensland, Cricket Australia (CA) reported on Sunday.
Symonds was 46 years old. He had played 238 games, including 26 Tests, in Australia between 1998-2009. He was also a member of the Australian World Cup winners in 2003 and 2007 and appeared in 1981 one-day international matches in addition to 14 T20 international matches.
Police said the accident happened on the Herve Range, about 50 km from Townsville on Saturday night. The car that was driving Symss left the road and overturned, according to a police report, describing it as a single-vehicle incident.
Queensland police say an investigation into the accident has been opened.
“Emergency services have tried to rehabilitate the 46-year-old driver and a passenger alone, however, he died as a result of his injuries,” a police report said.
CA chairman Lachlan Henderson said Australian cricket had lost “some of the best”.
“Andrew was a production talent who contributed to Australia’s success at the World Cup and as part of Queensland’s cricket history,” he said in a statement.
He said: “He was a cult to many who were admired by his followers and friends.” In the name of Australian cricket we extend our deepest condolences to Andrew’s family, teammates, and friends.
‘I am completely destroyed’
“It’s scary news you have to wake up to,” wrote former Australian team-mate Jason Gillespie. “I’m very worried. We all miss you friend.”
Adam Gilchrist, another former teammate and teammate, wrote: “This is very sad,” while the fast-paced Pakistan player Shoaib Akhtar said he was “worried”.
“We share great relationships with the outside world. Thoughts and prayers with the family,” she tweeted.
Symonds’ fatal accident comes just months after the deaths of two Australian heroes Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, both of whom died of heart disease.
Symonds bigger than life was very famous, not only for his hard hits in the game but also for his simple personality.
He was widely regarded as one of the most talented Australian cyclists ever and was a key member of the team that won 50 points behind in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.
But he is remembered for the 2008 monkeygate scandal that sent him down.
Symonds accuses Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey” at the 2008 New Year’s Eve in Sydney.
Singh, who has denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches, but the ban was lifted when India threatened to stop touring in a region that was under pressure from cricket relations in India-Australia.
The Australian athlete later revealed that it was taking a heavy toll and started drinking heavily.
His Cricket Australia contract was canceled in June 2009 after he was sent home to World Twenty20 in England following a recent series of alcohol-related negligence.
Despite the hostility, the Symponds and Harbhajan eventually formed and played together in the Indian Premier League.