New details emerge about final hours before Andrew Symonds' death

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Andrew Symonds, pictured here speaking to the media in Brisbane in 2019.
Andrew Symonds speaks to the media in Brisbane in 2019. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

New details have emerged about the final few hours before Andrew Symonds' death after the Aussie cricket great was killed in a car accident on Saturday night.

The 46-year-old died when his car left the road and rolled in Hervey Range, about 50km from Townsville in northern Queensland.

Symonds reportedly went fishing on the day of his death before stopping in at the Brothers Leagues Club in Kirwan on Saturday afternoon.

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Brothers Leagues Club CEO Justin Wilkins told the Daily Mail Australia that Symonds didn't drink much while he was at the venue before he left around 8pm.

“I’d say he spent the morning fishing before he got to the pub,” Mr Wilkins said.

“He stayed there until about 8pm, and then he left.

“It’s really sad … He was a top bloke and he’ll be missed.”

Symonds reportedly then went home to pick up his two pet dogs, before the fatal crash around 11pm.

His devastated family are searching for answers about what Symonds was doing driving late at night on Hervey Range Road.

The cricket great's home is reportedly a two-minute drive from the club in Kirwan, while the crash occurred about 15 minutes west of Kirwan.

According to reports, Symonds was on his way back to his house from a mystery location when he crashed.

"We just don't know," his sister Louise told the Daily Mail.

Garry Clark, a local in the area, was with Symonds at Brothers Leagues Club on the Friday night before his death.

“I shook his hand and had a chat," Mr Clark said.

“He was teasing me because his team the Broncos just beat my team Manly that night and we were having a laugh about it.

“I am in shock. What happened keeps popping into my head.”

Andrew Symonds, pictured here at the state memorial service for Shane Warne at the MCG.
Andrew Symonds attends the state memorial service for Shane Warne at the MCG. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Reports that Andrew Symonds and wife had separated

On Sunday, a witness told the Courier Mail she found Symonds still in the car with two blue heelers refusing to leave his side.

“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him,” she said.

“It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him.

“My partner tried to get (Symonds) out of the car, to put him on to his back.

“He was unconscious, not responsive and had no pulse.”

Symonds' wife Laura has since spoken of her devastation, not only for herself but the couple's young children Chloe and Billy.

Andrew Symonds, pictured here with wife Laura and son Billy.
Andrew Symonds with wife Laura and son Billy. Image: Instagram

“We are still in shock,” she told the Courier Mail.

“I’m just thinking of the two kids. He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids.”

Laura said her husband was “the most laid-back person”.

“Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical,” she said.

“He was never good with his phone but he always had time for everyone."

According to the Daily Mail, Symonds and Laura had recently separated.

Laura, Chloe and Billy were in Sydney at the time of Symonds' death and flew to Queensland after the tragic news.

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