Andrew Symonds dies in a car accident, aged 46

Andrew Symonds, a former Australia all-rounder, died in a vehicle accident around 50 kilometers outside Townsville on Saturday night (May 14).

Queensland Police said they were investigating the single-car accident on Hervey Range Road in a statement. “According to preliminary information, the automobile was being driven on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge just after 11 p.m. when it went off the road and rolled.

“Emergency responders tried to resuscitate the 46-year-old driver and lone occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries.”

Cricket Australia published a statement attributed to chair Lachlan Henderson, confirming the unexpected revelation. “Another of Australia’s finest cricketers has passed away. Andrew was a once-in-a-generation player who contributed to Australia’s World Cup win as well as Queensland’s rich cricket legacy.

“For many, he was a cult figure who was cherished by his admirers and friends. Andrew’s family, teammates, and friends have our heartfelt condolences on behalf of Australian cricket.”

Between 1998 and 2009, Symonds played 26 Tests, 198 One-Day Internationals, and 14 Twenty20 Internationals in a contentious but mainly successful career. Symonds came into broadcasting after retiring from all forms of the game in 2012, and was a frequent fixture in the commentary box throughout Australia’s home season as well as the Big Bash League.