KARACHI: Two-time World Cup champion Andrew Symonds was killed in a vehicle accident at the age of 46 in Queensland, sending shockwaves across the cricket world.
According to preliminary reports by Queensland police, Symonds' vehicle "left the highway and rolled."
The terrible news comes just over two months after Shane Warne, Australia's spin legend and former Test wicket-keeper Rod Marsh died unexpectedly.
The all-rounder's death has left the whole cricket fraternity in shock, and former as well as current cricketers took to Twitter to pay tribute and mourn the death of Symonds.
Former teammate and Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said he couldn't believe that Symonds' was gone and called him an "extraordinary player and even a better human being".
"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," wrote Ponting.
Former Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar said that Symonds' demise is shocking for everyone 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." Sachin wrote.
Pakistan all-format skipper Babar Azam called the Aussie's death "sad and shocking".
"Very sad and shocking news of Andrew Symonds. Condolences to his friends and family." Babar wrote.
Another former teammate of Symonds', Adam Gilchrist said that the all-rounder's death has "really hurt" him.
Ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan said that Symonds' demise "doesn't feel real".
It is pertinent to mention here that between 1998 and 2009, the all-rounder represented Australia in 26 Tests, 198 one-day internationals, and 14 Twenty20s.