Andrew Symonds dead at 46: Michael Clarke Instagram post, Adam Gilchrist tweets as the world reacts

The local and international cricket community is in shock at the sudden death of former Australian star Andrew Symonds on Saturday night.

The local and international cricket community is in shock at the sudden death of former Australian star Andrew Symonds on Saturday night.

The 46-year-old’s family confirmed in a statement that the popular all-rounder was killed in a single-vehicle accident outside of Townsville, where he lived. Ambulance personnel at the scene tried to save him, but were unsuccessful.

Players, former team-mates and fans have taken to social media to share their dismay at the tragic news, which comes just two months after the deaths of fellow Australian cricket greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

Michael Clarke, who was incredibly close to Symonds when he got on the Australian team before the couple broke up and their relationship broke down, took to Instagram to say he was “devastated”.

Clarke posted a heartbroken emoji over a photo of him and Symonds carrying Shane Warne on their shoulders after the 2006-2007 Ashes series.

Adam Gilchrist wrote on Twitter: “This really hurts. #roy #rip”.

“Devastated to hear that Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident in Australia,” wrote former Pakistani cricketer and commentator Shoaib Akhtar.

“We shared a great relationship on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers with the family. #Andrew Symonds”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shared her “deep condolences” with the star’s family, remembering him as “an outstanding player – dynamic, entertaining and skilled – who made an unforgettable contribution to Queensland and Australian cricket”.

Radio star Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald described the news as “tragic”.

“I loved the way Roy went through life and especially his cricket. Loyal and passionate. #RIPROY,” the Fitzy & Wippa host tweeted.

“Terrible news to wake up to,” wrote former cricketer and Australian cricket coach Jason Gillepsie.

“Completely broken. We’re all going to miss you buddy. #RIPROy”.

Fans also expressed shock at the news, describing him as “one of the most entertaining one-day cricketers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing during my childhood and teenage years”.

Others recalled the iconic moment when Symonds tackled a streaker on the pitch and described it as “the greatest moment in Australian cricket history”.

Originally published as Michael Clarke, the cricketing world reacts to the shock death of Andrew Symonds

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