Australia cricket great Dean Jones has died in Mumbai, aged 59.
Jones suffered a heart attack at his hotel while he was in India to fulfil commentary duties during the Indian Premier League.
It’s understood he was with Brett Lee who tried to revive him while calling for others to call an ambulance.
Close friends of Jones say he went for a run on Thursday morning before suffering the heart attack at lunch time in his hotel room, Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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Star India, whom Jones was commentating for, said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM.
“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 chairman Earl Eddings paid tribute to Jones on Thursday night, saying he will be remembered as a legend of the game.
“Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played,” Eddings said.
“This is a truly sad day. Deano’s loss will be felt not just at home in Australia, but across the globe.”
Jones is considered one of the finest one-day batsmen of his generation having played 164 ODIs for Australia between 1984 and 1994, making 6,068 runs at 44.61.
The Victorian also played 52 Tests between 1984 and 1992, amassing 3,631 runs and 11 centuries, including his 210 in the 1986 tied Test against India in Chennai.
He was a member of Australia’s first World Cup-winning side in 1987 and was also part of an Ashes win in 1989.
In retirement, Jones went on to become a respected broadcaster and, later, a title-winning coach in the Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United.
He is survived by wife Jane and daughters Phoebe and Augusta.