AUSTRALIAN cricketing legend Andrew Symonds has tragically died after a car accident near Townsville, Queensland.
Queensland Police said the accident was a single car accident at around 11pm local time on Saturday evening.
A police statement read: ‘Initial information indicates that shortly after 11pm the car was traveling on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the carriageway and rolled over.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries.
“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”
Symonds was said to be driving near the Alice River Bridge, about 50km from Townsville, when his car left the road and rolled away.
Paramedics at the scene were unable to revive the fan favorite and he died of his injuries.
Tributes poured in from cricket with former Australia captain Mark Taylor saying it’s “another tragic day for cricket”.
Great wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist wrote on social media: ‘This really hurts’.
Former teammate Jason Gillespie wrote: “Horrible news to wake up to. Completely devastated. We will all miss you mate.
Symonds. affectionately known as ‘Roy’, played 26 Tests for Australia between 2004 and 2008 as well as 198 ODIs from 1999 to 2009.
He won two World Cups and played county cricket in England for Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey.
The versatile player also played national credit for Queensland – scoring 5,000 runs and winning 100 wickets – and in the Indian Premier League for the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.
Symonds is sadly the third Australian cricketing legend to die in 2022 following the sudden deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in March.