Legendary Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has passed away in a car crash, confirmed Cricket Australia on Sunday. According to reports, Symonds was involved in a single-car accident outside Townsville in Queensland state on Saturday night.
It was indeed a shocking news, especially for Australian cricket fans, as Symonds’ fatal crash comes just months after the sudden deaths of fellow Australian greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, who both died unexpectedly from heart attacks.
No wonder the tragic death of Symonds, aged 46, has hit the cricket community hard, and a host of players – past and present – took to social media to express their sadness, admiration and sympathies.
Former Aussie captain and Symonds’ teammate Adam Gilchrist expressed his disappointment and wrote: “Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy”
Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy. 💔😞
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) May 15, 2022
Indian spin legend Harbhajan Singh paid his tributes to the Queenslander. He took to Twitter and wrote: “Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul #RIPSymonds.”
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul 🙏#RIPSymonds
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 15, 2022
Former Australian international Darren Lehmann expressed his shock and wrote: “Look after yourself up there, great man, I am 💔, loved him so much, and our thoughts are with the family at this time. Hug your loved ones xx #RIPRoy.”
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 15, 2022
South African great Jonty Rhodes penned down a heartwarming message while paying rich tributes to Symonds.
“Have had the privilege to work with some “big names” in the IPL, as well as a couple of “big characters “. Andrew Symmonds was a fierce competitor and generous teammate. Arguably the greatest all-round fielder ever, on top of his contribution with both bat n ball. #RIPRoy,” tweeted Rhodes.
Have had the privilege to work with some “big names” in the IPL,as well as a couple of “big characters “. Andrew Symmonds was a fierce competitor and generous teammate. Arguably the greatest all-round fielder ever, on top of his contribution with both bat n ball. #RIPRoy pic.twitter.com/fhDDDIRWD1
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 15, 2022
Here is how others reacted:
Vale Andrew Symonds.
We are shocked and saddened by the loss of the loveable Queenslander, who has tragically passed away at the age of 46. pic.twitter.com/ZAn8lllskK
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 15, 2022
A sad day for cricket with the passing away of Australian great Andrew Symonds .
Sending prayers and thoughts to his family.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) May 15, 2022
Terrible and shocking. Andrew Symonds is no more. Too many good people have gone away too soon. R.I.P. mate.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 15, 2022
RIP Roy ❤️☹️
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) May 15, 2022
@FoxCricket hearts broken again…if we were Ted Lasso, he was our Roy Kent…called it straight..didn’t do fluff…was true to himself…loyal…quirky…will be missed forever …thoughts with family and friends… R.I.P. Andrew Symonds
— Kerry O’Keeffe (@kokeeffe49) May 15, 2022
— David Hussey (@DavidHussey29) May 15, 2022
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) 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
Horrendous news to wake up to.
Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.☹️ #RIPRoy
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) May 14, 2022
This is so devastating 😞
Roy was So much fun to be around
Our Thoughts are with Symonds family #RIPRoy
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) May 14, 2022
Heartbroken!! RIP Roy 💔 pic.twitter.com/0WVlkuhI38
— Ashleigh Gardner (@akgardner97) May 14, 2022
We’re saddened to learn of the tragic demise of Australian legend Andrew Symonds.
Rest in Peace, Roy 💔 pic.twitter.com/sp6rTKri2k
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 15, 2022
Such heartbreaking news!
Andrew Symonds was an entertaining cricketer and a terrific all-rounder.
May his soul rest in peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/4irvHr7LtB
— DK (@DineshKarthik) May 15, 2022
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of #AndrewSymonds following a car crash last night 💔
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 15, 2022
Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds passed away in a car accident. He was only 46.
Two time World Cup Winner.
Never lost a World Cup Match.
His outstanding knock of 143* against Pakistan in World Cup 2003 is the second highest ODI score by a number 6 batsman.#RIP pic.twitter.com/Ao08vMEu7l
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) May 15, 2022
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 15, 2022
Thanks for the memories, Roy. Rest In Peace mate. pic.twitter.com/GJEWaaKpsV
— Queensland Cricket (@qldcricket) May 15, 2022
Oh dear Lord!! No!!!😢
Condolences to the Symonds family and friends.#RIPRoy
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) May 15, 2022
We’re extremely saddened to read about the unfortunate passing away of Australian legend Andrew Symonds. 💔
Rest in peace, Symo. pic.twitter.com/CEcQUFtma2
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symonds 💔
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 15, 2022
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 15, 2022
Shocked to hear about passing of Andrew Symonds.First came across him in Darwin touring for NZ Emerging Players in 94. Absolute weapon of a man.Lean & mean looking,we all thought he must be a fast bowler.Came out and smashed us round the park batting at 4 instead! #AndrewSymonds
— Kerry Walmsley (@WalmsleyKerry) May 15, 2022