Australian cricket legend dead at 59


The global cricket community has been rocked by the sudden death of Australian cricket icon Dean Jones, who passed away in India.

Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has died of a heart attack aged 59, rocking the cricket world.

The Australian cricket legend was in India working as a commentator for the IPL. He collapsed in a Mumbai hotel where fellow former cricketer Brett Lee was on the scene and performed CPR. He is understood to have collapsed around 7pm (AEST), according to The Australian.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM,” said Star India, who Jones was a commentator for, in a statement.

“He died of a sudden cardiac arrest. We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements.

“Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers.

“He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.”

Cricket Australia released a statement on Thursday evening expressing the sadness being felt right across the cricket world.

“Cricket Australia is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dean Jones at the age of 59.

Jones represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 One-Day Internationals and won admirers the world over with his dashing shot-making and superb fielding,” the statement read.

“He was also a stalwart of Victorian cricket during the 1980s and 1990s and retired as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer.”


Superstars from across the globe have been stopped in their tracks after learning of the passing of Dean Jones.

His impact on the game cannot be understated and the outpouring of emotion shows just how big Jones was in taking the game to even greater heights.

Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and Aussie greats like David Warner and Darren Lehmann were among many to pay their respects.

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