Australian cricketer great Andrew Symonds is killed in a car crash aged 46 – shocking the sporting world just weeks after Shane Warne’s fatal heart attack
- Andrew Symonds was 46 when his vehicle left the road and rolled away
- Paramedics tried to revive the sports legend but his injuries were too serious
- The family confirmed the tragic death and thanked fans for all their support
Australian cricketer great Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident aged 46, a decade after alcohol derailed his career.
The retired all-rounder died around 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville, when his vehicle left the road and rolled away.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries,” Queensland Police said on Sunday morning.
The accident is under investigation.
Symonds’ family confirmed his death and thanked his friends and fans for their sympathy and support.
His death shocked the sports world just weeks after Shane Warne suffered a fatal heart attack while vacationing in Thailand in March.
In a twist of fate, Symonds’ last Instagram post was a tribute to his teammate on March 5, hours after Warne’s death.
‘Devastated, I hope this is all just a bad dream, I just can’t get over the thought of never seeing you again. Love to all the Warne family, I am speechless,” he said.
Two months earlier, the close friends spent New Year’s Eve together at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, with teammate Michael Hussey.
Australian cricketer great Andrew Symonds (pictured) died in a car crash aged 46
Symonds (pictured in Tasmania in 2007) was one of cricket’s most popular figures at the peak of his career
Warne and Symonds also courted controversy together weeks before their deaths when they sparked a backlash over comments about Australian star drummer Marnus Labuschagne.
The pair mocked Labuschagne for his colorful striking methods in a vicious rant broadcast on Kayo Sports, seemingly unaware they were live.
Symonds was one of cricket’s most popular characters at the height of his career, before working for Fox Sports.
He played 26 Tests between 1999 and 2007 and was a vital member of Australia’s one-day squad that won the World Cup.
The star player, affectionately known as ‘Roy’, grew up in Queensland and created a legacy as one of the best all-around players for some of Australia’s biggest teams.
Symonds cemented his reputation as a loose cannon in March 2008 when he flattened a streaker in the ODI series final against India at The Gabba.
“It was more frustration than anything. I wasn’t trying to hurt him,” Symonds said in the book ‘On Sport’, published by respected veteran sports journalist and Daily columnist Mike Colman. MailAustralia.
Pictured: Andrew Symonds and Katie Johnson attend the Johnnie Walker All Star Party in 2008
Symonds (pictured left) was one of cricket’s most popular characters at the height of his career, before working for Fox Sports.