Former Australia cricketer Andrew Symonds died aged 46 on Saturday, May 14, aged 46. His death is another significant loss for Australian cricket, following the deaths of legendary spinner Shane Warne and former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh earlier this year.
Andrew Symonds Cause of Death – How Did He Die?
The two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds died in a car crash just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland on Saturday night. He was the sole passenger in the crash and died of injuries at the scene.
Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, around 50 kilometres from Townsville, that taken the life of a 46-year-old man last night. https://t.co/1ShX78XbzU pic.twitter.com/2QlJlOQHQX
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) May 14, 2022
The Queensland police statement confirmed:
“Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled. Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.”
The police went on to add that the Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
Symonds’ family also confirmed the tragic news in a statement on Sunday morning, thanking wellwishers for their sympathy and support and asking that their privacy be respected.
Symonds’ death is the second famous Australian cricketer to tragically pass away in 2022, after champion leg-spinner Shane Warne died from a heart attack in Thailand in March.
Former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also passed away from a heart attack earlier this year.
His family has yet to announce the details of his funeral.
Who was Andrew Symonds?
Born in Birmingham, Andrew Symonds played country cricket in the UK for Kent, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey.
He held the joint-record for most sixes hit in a County Championship innings – he hit 16 in a knock for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan in 1995 – until Ben Stokes bettered his total last week.
Symonds was part of two 50-over World Cup wins and Australia’s Ashes victory over England in 2006-07.
The all-rounder played 26 Tests, 198 one-day internationals, and 14 Twenty20s for Australia between 1998 and 2009.
He was best known for his exploits in one-day cricket, in which he scored 5,088 runs at an average of 39.75 and also took 133 wickets.
After his playing days ended, Symonds became a popular figure in the commentary box, working for Fox Sports across international fixtures and also domestic games including the Big Bash League.
The local and international cricket community is in shock over the sudden news of Andrew Symonds’ death.
Symonds is now survived by his wife, Laura, and their two children – Chloe and Billy.