Andrew Symonds’ wife breaks silence following cricketer’s sudden death

May 16, 2022
Laura commended her late husband's character, claiming "he always had time for everyone". Source: Getty Images.

Following the sudden death of cricket legend Andrew Symonds his wife Laura has delivered an emotional tribute to her late husband, revealing the family is “still in shock”.

Symonds passed away on Saturday, May 14 following a single vehicle car accident outside of Townsville, he was 46 years old.

Laura told the Courier Mail that she is “just thinking of the two kids”.

“He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids,” she said.

Laura commended her late husband’s character, claiming “he always had time for everyone”.

“He was the most laid back person. Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical,” Laura added.

Queensland Police revealed in a statement that “emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries”.

“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,” the statement read.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Forensic Crash Unit.

Tributes quickly flowed in for the late cricket icon, following the news of his passing.

Cricket Australia chair Lachlan Henderson said, “Australian cricket has lost another of its very best”.

“He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends,” Henderson said in a statement.

“On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, team-mates, and friends.”

Fox Sports Australia commentator Andrew Voss revealed his “absolute shock” over the passing of Symonds.

Former international cricketer Adam Gilchrest paid tribute to “most loyal, fun, loving friend”.

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting called Symonds “an extraordinary player and even better human being”.

Former cricketer and teammate Jason Gillespie said the passing of Symonds was “horrendous news to wake up to”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his condolences to Symond’s “family, friends and the cricket community”.

The death of the popular all-rounder is yet another tragic blow for Australian cricket after Shane Warne and Rod Marsh passed away earlier this year.

Symonds was a key figure in Australia’s World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007. He played 26 test matches and 198 One Day Internationals.

Symonds is survived by his wife Laura and two children Chloe and Billy.

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