Andrew Symonds, a former Australian all-rounder, died at the age of 46.
Symonds was killed in a tragic car crash near Townsville, Queensland, wherein he lived after retirement
"Police investigate a single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, roughly 50 kilometres from Townsville, that has claimed the life of a 46-year-old male," Queensland Police stated in a statement.
According to preliminary information, the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge shortly after 11 p.m. when it left the road and rolled. "Emergency personnel tried to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries," says the report.
His family issued a statement confirming the awful news while requesting privacy.
Following Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, who both died of suspected heart attacks this year, Symonds has become the third Australian cricket great to pass away this year.
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Mark Taylor and Adam Gilchrist, two Australian cricketing giants, led the tribute to Symonds, with Taylor calling it "another awful day for cricket."
"I honestly can't believe it," the former batsman and Cricket Australian (CA) director said on Sunday on the Nine Network's Wide World of Sports.
Taylor described Symonds as a "entertainer with the bat" and a "imposing person" on the field while discussing his legacy as a cricketer.
"He only wanted to amuse... He wanted to go out and have a good time... That's the way he lived his life," he added.
Symonds, also known as "Roy," represented his country in 26 Tests and 212 limited-overs internationals, and was famed for his fierce hitting in the middle order.
Gilchrist expressed his amazement and anguish by tweeting a series of crying and heartbreak emoticons, along with the phrase "this really hurts." He followed up with the following tweet: "Consider your most dependable, fun-loving, and supportive friend. Roy's the name."
Former England Cricket captain Michael Vaughan also pays homage, writing simply, "Simmo... This doesn't feel real... #RIP" with a heart emoji. CA chair Lachlan Henderson said in a statement that Australian cricket had "lost one of its very best." "Andrew was a legit contender who was essential in Australia's World Cup success as well as in Queensland's rich cricket legacy," he said.
For many, he was a cultural icon who was cherished by his admirers and friends. Andrew's family, teammates, and friends have our heartfelt condolences on behalf of Australian cricket."
Symonds was a "remarkable talent from such an early age in Queensland with his crisp ball-striking skills, clever spin bowling, and outstanding fielding," according to CA chief executive Nick Hockley.