Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car crash

ex-Australian Cricket Star Andrew Symonds died in a car accident in North Queensland.

Police said Symonds was driving on Hervey Range Road, about 50 km from Townsville, around 11 pm yesterday when his car veered off the road and overturned.

Emergency services tried to revive the 46-year-old, but he died at the scene.

Former Australian footballer Andrew Symonds died in a car accident. (Getty)

Patrol Inspector Gavin Oates said the cause of the accident was not yet known.

“This is still being investigated at this stage. Officers from the Forensic Accident Unit have been at the scene and are conducting the investigation and will prepare a report for the coroner,” Oates said.

“The accident was actually heard by people nearby, they were the first people to arrive at the scene and alerted the emergency services.

“I believe the driver of the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle during the accident.”

The landfill where Andrew Symonds fell.
The landfill where Andrew Symonds fell. (Nick Kelly)

Oates said officers at the scene did not immediately know it was Symonds.

“Police were dealing with the side of the accident at the time and worked to establish the person’s identity later on,” he said.

Tributes flowed in the cricket community and from Australian leaders to Symonds, a charismatic all-rounder and one of the greatest outfield players the game has ever seen.

“Australian cricket is shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Andrew Symonds,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.

Andrew Symonds during the 2005 Boxing Day audition. (Vince Caliguri/The Age)

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said Symonds was a “much loved and admired cricketer”.

“He was a prodigious talent from an early age in Queensland, with his clean batting ability, cunning and brilliant bowling,” he said.

“He will be greatly missed by the Australian cricket community and particularly 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 devastatingly sad time.”

Queensland Cricket President Chris Simpson said the cricket community and the world will mourn the loss of Symonds.

“On behalf of Queensland Cricket, we express our deepest condolences to their family and will do what we can to help them,” he said.

“It’s a devastating loss for those closest to him and his wide circle of friends that extends to every corner of the cricket world.”

Andrew Symonds poses with the 1999 and 2003 World Cup trophies ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
Andrew Symonds poses with the 1999 and 2003 World Cup trophies ahead of the 2007 World Cup. (Getty)

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said it was “shocking and sad news”.

“Such a fun player and great cricket character,” said Perrottet.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also paid tribute to the cricketer.

“Andrew Symonds was an exceptional player – dynamic, fun and skilled – who made an unforgettable contribution to Queensland and Australian cricket,” she said.

Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia between 2004 and 2008, and 198 one-day internationals, and was a member of two World Cup winning teams in 2003 and 2007.

His death comes just months after the loss of his 52-year-old teammate Shane Warne and former guardian Rod Marsh.

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