Andrew Symonds dies in car crash in Queensland, age, cause of death

In another tragic blow to Australian cricket, Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash, aged 46.

The former Australian all-rounder was killed around 50km from Townsville on Saturday evening.

A statement from Queensland Police says Symonds was involved in a single-car crash at around 10:30 p.m.

Symonds was driving on Hervey Range Road near the Alice River Bridge when his car left the road and rolled away, police say.

Paramedics arrived at the scene but were unable to revive the former Australian fan favorite, who was the only person in the car.

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Former Fox Cricket teammate and colleague Adam Gilchrist has paid tribute to the man affectionately nicknamed ‘Roy’.

“This really hurts,” Gilchrist tweeted, while Michael Vaughan wrote, “Simmo.. This doesn’t seem real.”

“Horrible news to wake up to,” Jason Gillespie tweeted. “Completely devastated.

“We will all miss you mate.”

Meanwhile, Australian great Mark Taylor paid tribute to Symonds on Channel 9 when the news broke.

” I can not believe it. Another tragic day for cricket. Bad things come in threes,” he said.

Taylor added: “He was just an entertainer. At a time when professionalism is really a throwaway word that we probably use too often. Symo was the older guy.

“He wanted to go out and have fun and play the game he remembered playing as a kid.

“Sometimes he got in trouble because he didn’t train or maybe he had a few too many beers in life, but that’s how he lived his life and that he also wanted to play cricket.”

Symonds is the third Australian cricketing legend to die suddenly this year following the tragic deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in March.

Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia and was an integral part of Australia’s white ball teams that dominated the world between 1999 and 2007.

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He won the ODI World Cups in 2003 and 2007, the former tournament including a stunning 143-step escape against Pakistan that set up the rest of his career.

Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said in a statement that Symonds was a “generational talent” and an “instrumental” role in Australia’s World Cup success.

“He was a cult figure to many who was cherished by his fans and friends,” he said.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest condolences go out to Andrew’s family, teammates and friends.”

AC chief Nick Hockley added: “He was a prodigious talent from an early age in Queensland with his clean ball-striking ability, shrewd throwing and brilliant field game.

“He will be greatly missed by the Australian cricket community and in particular by his very close friends at the Queensland Bulls, where he was a popular and much admired teammate and friend.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time.”

Symonds was a force in limited overs cricket, scoring 5,088 runs at 39.75 and taking 133 wickets at 37.25, despite being one of the best defenders in the game.

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He was once pigeonholed as a white-ball player, but finally broke into the Australian Test squad in 2004, dropping to an average of 40.61 with the bat and scoring two centuries.

Playing in retirement, Symonds joined Warne as a valued member of Fox Cricket’s commentary team.

Symonds’ last post on Instagram came after Warne’s death, when he wrote, “Devastated, I hope this is all just a bad dream.

“I can’t get over the idea of ​​never seeing you again.”

He was known to be an avid fisherman – he had already missed a mandatory team meeting in 2008 to go fishing – and was often discovered on a boat when not commentating for Fox Cricket.

Symonds is survived by his wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy.

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