Andrew Symonds dead at 46: Adam Gilchrist’s tweet is heartbreaking, the world reacts

The local and international cricket community is in shock at the sudden death of former Australian star Andrew Symonds on Saturday night.

The local and international cricket community is in shock at the sudden death of former Australian star Andrew Symonds on Saturday night.

The 46-year-old’s family confirmed in a statement that the popular all-rounder was killed in a single-car crash outside of Townsville, where he lived. Paramedics on the scene tried to save him but were unsuccessful.

Players, former team-mates and fans have taken to social media to share their devastation at the tragic news, which comes just two months after the deaths of fellow Australian cricketing greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

Leading the charge was Adam Gilchrist, who, taking to Twitter, wrote: “This really hurts. #roy #rip”.

“Devastated to learn of the death of Andrew Symonds in a car accident in Australia,” wrote former Pakistani cricketer and commentator Shoaib Akhtar.

“We shared a great relationship on and off the pitch. Thoughts and prayers with the family. #Andrew Symonds”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shared her “sincere condolences” with the star’s family, remembering him as “an outstanding player – dynamic, entertaining and skillful – who made an unforgettable contribution to Queensland cricket and of Australia”.

Radio star Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald called the news “tragic.”

“I loved the way Roy led life and especially his cricket. Loyal and passionate. #RIPROY”, the Fitzy and Wippa the host tweeted.

“Horrible news to wake up to,” wrote former Australian cricketer and cricketer coach Jason Gillespie.

“Completely devastated. We will all miss you my friend. #RIPRoy”.

Fans also expressed their shock at the news, describing him as “one of the most entertaining day cricketers I had the pleasure of watching during my childhood and teenage years.”

Others recalled the iconic moment Symonds attacked a streaker on the pitch, describing it as “the greatest moment in Australian cricketing history”.

Originally published as ‘It really hurts’: World reacts to shock death of Andrew Symonds

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