Andrew Symonds’ wife has spoken of her family’s grief at the cricket great’s sudden death as his devastated niece reveals she is ‘lost for words’.
The retired all-rounder died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his vehicle left the road and rolled.
The 46-year-old is survived by his wife Laura and their two children Chloe and Billy, who flew from Sydney to Townsville upon hearing the devastating news.
‘We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids,’ Laura told News Corp on Sunday morning.
‘He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids.’
The 46-year-old is survived by his wife Laura (left) and their two children Chloe and Billy (centre), who flew from Sydney to Townsville upon hearing of the devastating news
She described Symonds as ‘the most laid back person’ and a deeply loyal friend.
‘Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical,’ his wife said.
‘He was never good with his phone but he always had time for everyone.’
His niece Abby posted a series of images to Instagram, writing she is ‘devastated and lost beyond words’ for the loss of the cricket legend.
‘I wish this was all a bad dream, you were like a dad to me, May you rest in peace uncle Roy you were 1 in a million and had my back like no other I will forever miss you n love you with my whole heart,’ she captioned the post.
‘Don’t run too much of a muck up there big fella, I’ll keep doing you proud I promise.’