Australian cricketing legend Andrew Symonds passed away in the late hours of Saturday, 14 May after being involved in a car accident. Symonds, a two-time World Cup winner for Australia, was a cult figure and one of the pioneers of the modern power game.
Symonds was an integral part of the Australian World Cup campaign in 2003 and 2007 and was a swashbuckler in the middle order. He was one of the most destructive forces in world cricket in his generation and had the ability to the change the course of the game with the bat, ball and in the field for that matter. Symonds’ exploits made for memorable moments in cricket with the all-rounder’s ability to impose himself in the game, and for his bullish attitude on the field, which got him into trouble more often than not.
Tributes poured in for the right hander after his passing as the cricketing world failed to come into terms with the untimely death of the 46-year old.
Simmo .. This doesn’t feel real .. #RIP
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 14, 2022
Tragic news to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. Condolences to his family, friends and well wishers.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 15, 2022
— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) May 15, 2022
Shocking news to wake up to here in India. Rest in peace my dear friend. Such tragic news pic.twitter.com/pBWEqVO6IY
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 15, 2022
Woke up to an extremely tragic news of Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash.Terrific all-rounder who was an integral member of Aus unit in ODIs & Tests. Remember his knock of 143* v Pakistan in WC 2003. Top knock. Avgd 40+ in Test cricket.Handy bowler & superb fielder. RIP
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 15, 2022
Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia. We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family. #AndrewSymonds pic.twitter.com/QMZMCwLdZs
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 14, 2022
According to the Queensland police, Symonds was involved in a single vehicle road accident. The police said an investigation into the crash has been opened.
“Early information indicates, shortly after 11 p.m. the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” the police statement said.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.
“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”