Andrew Symonds can be endlessly remembered as the joker.
The previous Check and limited-overs star died on Saturday evening when his automobile left the street and rolled in Hervey Vary, about 50km from Townsville.
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Queensland Police stated emergency companies tried to revive Symonds after making it to the scene after 11pm, however the cricket legend died of his accidents.
Now, it’s emerged a final text message illustrating the light-hearted larrikinism for which he was so beloved by followers got here simply two hours earlier than the crash.
Based on the Courier Mail, Symonds, who was off contract with Fox Cricket, sent a message to Fox Sports activities boss, Steve Crawley.
“Crawls, we need to talk. Roy,” the message learn, alongside a screenshot of a story about Tom Brady’s staggering $A540 million new broadcasting deal with Fox Sports in the US.
Crawley reportedly responded with a laughing emoji.
Close by residents rushed to assist the 46-year-old after listening to the crash late on Saturday evening.
“The cause of the accident hasn’t been established,” Police Inspector Gavin Oates stated on Sunday, confirming the driver was flung from the car when it rolled.
It’s believed Symonds was driving on Hervey Vary Highway, close to Alice River Bridge about 50km northwest of Townsville, when his car left the street.
Waylon Townson tried to save lots of Symonds after listening to the crash and dashing to the scene.
“He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out,” Townson informed reporters.
“(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn’t get much response.”
Police stated his two canines have been travelling in the rear of the car and at the moment are being cared for by buddies and kin.
“His dogs didn’t want to leave his side. We tried to pull them off,” witness Babetha Neliman informed 7NEWS.
Former teammates and rivals alike paid tribute to Symonds as soon as the information of his loss of life was made public.
“If Roy shook your hand you had his word, that’s the sort of bloke he was and that’s why I always wanted him on my team,” former Australia Check captain Ricky Ponting stated.
“An extraordinary player and even better human being. Can’t believe he’s gone. Thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Present Australian Check captain Pat Cummins summed up Symonds’ impression on cricket by the lens of a fan.
“As a kid, you just had to watch whenever Roy was playing,” he stated.
“When I started playing for Australia, he was the guy every player named as their favourite teammate.
“Thoughts are with his family and all his mates, and thanks for all the entertainment.”
Adam Gilchrist tweeted: “I miss him so much … already. Really hurting. Rest easy Royman.
“Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy.”
Even Symonds’ former arch nemesis Harbhajan Singh paid tribute.
Symonds accused Harbhajan of calling him a monkey throughout a fiery Check at the SCG in 2008, however the pair later made peace.
“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon,” Harbhajan tweeted.
“Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul.”
Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was a teammate of Symonds at Mumbai Indians in 2011, was struggling to course of his loss of life.
“Today I have lost my closest man,” he tweeted.
“You were just not a colleague. My family, my man, My Symonds uncle. I will miss you terribly.”
Indian nice Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “Andrew Symonds’ demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb.
“Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field.
“I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends.”
Symonds’ loss of life comes after Australian cricket icons Rod Marsh and Shane Warne died inside days of one another in March.
“Man. This year has been just heartbreaking for all, cricket family and fans just in shock. So many gone way too soon,” former Australian worldwide Trent Copeland wrote.
“‘Roy’ was one of the main reasons I wanted to play cricket, wear zinc and just generally play sport with a smile!”
Crash investigators will put together a report for the coroner into Symonds’ crash.
– With AAP