Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer, was killed in a car accident outside Townsville, Queensland.
According to Fox Sports, the ex-cricketer was 46 years old.
“The accident occurred at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night,” according to the report.
Queensland police said in a statement that the former cricketer was driving on Hervey Range Road near the Alice River Bridge when his car left the road and rolled.
Andrew was a right-handed middle-order batsman who played in all three formats of the game. The Australian cricket legend represented his country in 26 Tests, 198 One-Day Internationals, and 14 Twenty20 Internationals.
Symonds was known for his medium pace and off-spin bowling.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar expressed deep sorrow over Andrew’s death in response to the tragic incident. “Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia,” he tweeted.
“We had a great relationship both on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
According to AFP, emergency services attempted to resuscitate the driver and sole occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries after the car left the road and rolled.
Although authorities did not identify Symonds, he was widely identified by multiple media outlets and former players.
“Horrible news to wake up to,” former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie tweeted. “Completely devastated. We’ll all miss you, mate.”
Former teammate and fellow commentator Adam Gilchrist wrote, “This really hurts,” while Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was “devastated.”
“We had a great relationship both on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family “He tweeted about it.
Symonds’ death follows the deaths of fellow Australian greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, both of whom died of heart attacks.
The larger-than-life character Symonds was well-liked not only for his hard-hitting style of play, but also for his easygoing personality.
He was widely regarded as one of Australia’s most talented all-rounders, and he was a key member of the team that won back-to-back 50-over World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
However, he was also remembered for the infamous “monkeygate” scandal in 2008, which sent him into a tailspin.
In the 2008 New Year Test in Sydney, Symonds accused India spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey.”
Singh, who denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches, but the suspension was overturned when India threatened to pull out of the tour, which marked a low point in India-Australia cricket relations.
It eventually took its toll on the Australian player, who began drinking heavily.
His contract with Cricket Australia was terminated in June 2009 after he was sent home from the World Twenty20 in England for the latest in a string of alcohol-related infractions.
Despite their differences, Symonds and Harbhajan reconciled and played together in the Indian Premier League.