Australian cricket great Dean Jones died of a stroke and not a heart attack as was first reported, his wife Jane has confirmed.
Jones collapsed in a Mumbai hotel, where he was preparing to commentate Indian Premier League games, and died on September 24 at age 59.
Former Australian star and Jones’ fellow commentator Brett Lee was there and performed CPR but could not save his great mate.
Initial reports said Jones suffered a heart attack but Jane has now corrected the record.
“It is actually under a coroner’s inquiry at the moment, not that they think there is anything other than what they have found, but just that he was a bit young to have the stroke the way it happened,” Jane told The Age.
Jones’ funeral was held at the MCG – where he’d starred for Victoria and Australia – but due to Melbourne’s strict COVID-19 lockdown, only 10 mourners were allowed.
There will be a special tribute to Jones before the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India on Sunday.
“I hope Saturday is a big celebration. That’s the way we are looking at it,” Jane said.
“The fact that we were only allowed to have 10 people (at his funeral) in the middle of COVID, we were very alone.
“It will be nice for some of the public to be a part of it. The girls are thrilled to do something.”
Jones’ daughters posted emotional messages on social media during their first Christmas without their father.
“From ours to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Although it’s incredibly sad to reminisce the Christmases we knew, this year we will celebrate in memory of you and Granma,” Phoebe Jones wrote.