Brooke Warne has shared a heartfelt tribute to cricket legend Andrew Symonds following his shock death at age 46 on Saturday.
The daughter of the late Shane Warne posted throwback photos to Instagram on Sunday of herself and Symonds at a red carpet event, and said ‘heaven has gained another angel’.
Symonds died in a single-car crash 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 late Shane Warne’s daughter Brooke Warne shared a heartfelt tribute to cricket legend Andrew Symonds following his shock death at age 46 on Saturday. Brooke, 24, posted this throwback photo to Instagram on Sunday of the pair at a red carpet event
‘The Best Date I Ever Had. Rest In Peace Roy. Heaven has gained another Angel,’ Brooke, now 24, captioned the photos of her younger self at a red carpet event, also attended by her father and brother Jackson Warne.
Her mother Simone Callahan wrote in the comments section, ‘So sad Brookie, Roy was such a gentle soul.’
Symonds’ last Instagram post, just weeks before he died in a car crash, revealed his devastation over Shane Warne’s death.
‘The Best Date I Ever Had. Rest In Peace Roy. Heaven has gained another angel,’ Brooke captioned the photos of her younger self at a red carpet event with Symonds
Brooke also shared photos of her father and brother Jackson Warne at the same event
Pictured with Brooke, her father and Symonds, is cricketer Michael Clarke (left)
The retired all-rounder posted a tribute to his close friend and teammate hours after Warne suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday in Thailand in March.
What was to be Symonds’ last ever Instagram post was just two months after the legendary sportsmen rang in the New Year together at a Melbourne pub.
‘Devastated, I’m hoping this is all a bad dream I just can’t get my head around never seeing you again. Love to all the Warne family I’m speechless,’ he wrote.
Brooke’s mother Simone Callahan wrote in the comments section, ‘So sad Brookie, Roy was such a gentle soul’
Symonds’ last Instagram post, just weeks before he died in a car crash, revealed his devastation over Shane Warne’s death. Symonds posted a tribute to his close friend and teammate hours after Warne suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday in Thailand in March. Pictured together in December 2006
Symonds’ death sent shockwaves through the sporting world on Sunday morning as fans awoke to the news of the loss of another beloved Aussie cricketer.
‘Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries,’ Queensland Police said on Sunday morning.
The accident is under investigation.
Police believe Symonds was on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when the accident occurred, and said he was removed from the vehicle to be treated by paramedics, who were on the scene when officers arrived.
Symonds died in a single-car crash at the age of 46 on Saturday, just over a decade after his stellar career came to a close
He was the only person in the car but the keen hunter’s dogs were also in the vehicle. Photos show skid marks at the scene of the crash.
Inspector Gavin Oates told the Courier Mail there is no suggestion alcohol was involved, and said nearby residents were at the scene.
‘I think they provided the assistance they could at the time and called 000 and emergency services,’ he added.
Retired all-rounder Symonds (pictured at the memorial for his great mate Shane Warne) died about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville, when his vehicle left the road and rolled
Symonds’ wife Laura (left) said she is still in shock over the news and is thinking of their children Billy, two (pictured) and daughter Chloe, four
Babetha Neliman and her partner Waylon Townson were on the scene just minutes after the crash and said that Symonds was unresponsive when they arrived and they couldn’t find a pulse.
She said the cricketer’s loyal blue heelers were with him.
‘One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him. It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him.’
Symonds’ family confirmed his death and thanked friends and fans for their sympathy and support.
Pictured is the scene of the crash west of Townsville, with skid marks still visible on the road and shattered fragments of a window in the foreground
Flowers and a can of beer are seen left at the scene of the crash on Sunday
His wife Laura voiced her grief at the news on Sunday.
‘We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids,’ she told News Corp, referring to Symonds’ daughter Chloe, four, and son Billy, two.
‘He was just such a big person and there was so much of him in his kids.’
She and the children flew to Townsville on Sunday morning.
Symonds was one of cricket’s most popular characters during his career, before he went on to work as a commentator for Fox Sports.
Symonds posted this happy snap of him with son Billy and daughter Chloe to Instagram in September 2020 with the caption, ‘Dad got the full treatment this morning was very nice. Thanks, love you very much! Ah and I think it’s Father’s Day tomorrow too’
He played 26 Tests between 1999 and 2007 and was a critical member of Australia’s one-day side that won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
The star created a legacy as one of the best all-rounders in some of Australia’s greatest teams, as well as being regarded as the best fielder in the world at the peak of his powers.
Born in Birmingham, England, he was adopted by English schoolteachers Ken and Barbara Symonds as a baby.
They emigrated to Australia when he was a toddler and the family lived in country Victoria before moving to far north Queensland and the Gold Coast.
Symonds blasts the sort of powerful stroke he was known and loved for during Australia’s 2005 match against the World XI in Melbourne
Symonds’ British birth and his Afro-Caribbean background meant he could have played for England or the West Indies, but Australia was always going to be his first and only choice.
One of the world’s most spectacular players, he was an extremely aggressive batsman who displayed great power and timing, and his crafty off-break and medium-pace bowling claimed 24 Test wickets and another 133 scalps in one-dayers.
His career highlights include saving the 2006 Boxing Day Ashes Test for Australia with a stellar knock of 156 – his first century in the long form of the game – a high score of 162 against India in 2008, and taking a career-best 5/18 in a 2005 one-dayer.
At one stage he held the world record for most sixes during a first-class match, and opened fans’ eyes to what a batter could do in T20 cricket with a century from just 34 balls during the format’s infancy in 2004.
Symonds (pictured left with NRL and All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams) was one of cricket’s most popular characters during the peak of his time in the game