Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passed away on Mumbai, sources said.
He was 59. The cause of death was ascertained as a “heart attack”. Reportedly, Brett Lee, his fellow commentator at the IPL tried to give him CPR but unsuccessfully. Jones was in Mumbai working as a commentator for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Only this morning he had had breakfast with Lee and Nikhil Chopra.
Reportedly, Jones had a massive heart attack in the lobby of the hotel where he was put up by BCCI’s IPL broadcaster Star Sports. “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,” Star said in a statement.
“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.
“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.”
Jones played 52 Tests for Australia and scored 3631 runs at an average of 46.55 with 11 centuries.
He famously hit a double century against India in the tied Test of 1986.