Andrew Symonds dies in car accident, as desperate attempts to revive Aussie on a grand scale revealed

Another tragic blow to Australian cricket is the death of Andrew Symonds in a car accident at the age of 46.

The former Australian all-rounder was killed about 50 km outside of Townsville on Saturday night

A Queensland police statement says Symonds was involved in a single-vehicle accident around 10:30 p.m.

Symonds was driving on Hervey Range Road near the Alice River Bridge when his car went off the road and rolled over, police say.

Paramedics arrived at the scene but were unable to revive the former Australian fan favourite, who was the only person in the car.

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Former teammate and Fox Cricket colleague Adam Gilchrist led the tribute to the man affectionately known as ‘Roy’.

“Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy,” Gilchrist tweeted.

“This really hurts,” he added, while Michael Vaughan wrote, “Simmo.. This doesn’t feel real.”

“Horrible news to wake up to,” Jason Gillepsie tweeted. “Completely broken.

“We’re all going to miss you mate.”

Meanwhile, Australian great Mark Taylor paid tribute to Symonds on Channel 9 when the news broke.

“I can’t quite believe it. Another tragic day for cricket. Bad things happen in threes,” he said.

Taylor added: “He was just an entertainer. In an age where professionalism really is a disposable word that we probably use too often. Symo was the older type.

“He wanted to go out and have fun and play the game he remembered playing as a kid.

“Sometimes he got into trouble because he didn’t go to training or maybe had a few too many beers in life, but that’s the way he lived his life and also the way he wanted to play his cricket.”

Symonds is the third Australian cricket legend to die suddenly this year following the tragic deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in March.

Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia and was an integral part of Australia’s white ball teams that dominated the world between 1999 and 2007.

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He won ODI World Cups in 2003 and 2007, with the former tournament featuring a stunning 143 not-out breakout against Pakistan that shaped the rest of his career.

Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said in a statement Symonds was a “generational talent” and an “instrumental” role in Australia’s World Cup success.

“He was a cult figure for many who was cherished by his fans and friends,” he said.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, we extend our deepest condolences to Andrew’s family, teammates and friends.”

CA chief Nick Hockley added: “He was a prodigious talent in Queensland from an early age with his clean ball-slapping ability, cunning spin bowling and brilliant fielding.

“He will be sadly missed by the Australian cricket community and especially by his very close friends at the Queensland Bulls, where he was a popular and much admired teammate and friend.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this devastatingly sad time.”

Symonds was a force in limited overs cricket, scoring 5,088 runs at 39.75 and taking 133 wickets at 37.25, while being one of the best fielders in the game.

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He was once pigeonholed as a white ball player, but finally broke through on the Australian test team in 2004, went on to average 40.61 with the bat and score two centuries.

On playing retirement, Symonds joined Warne as a valued member of Fox Cricket’s commentary team.

Symonds’ last Instagram post came after Warne’s death, when he wrote: “Devastated, I hope this is all a bad dream.

“I just can’t believe I’ll never see you again.”

He was known as an avid fisherman—he once missed a mandatory team meeting in 2008 to go fishing—and was often discovered on a boat when he wasn’t commenting for Fox Cricket.

Symonds is survived by wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy.

“We’re still in shock – I’m just thinking about the two kids,” Laura told the courier post

“He was such a great person and there’s so much of him in his kids.”

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