Family confirms fresh development in Dean Jones' death

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Seen here, Dean Jones and his daughter Phoebe smile for the camera.
Dean Jones' daughter Phoebe shared a heartbreaking post about her late father on Christmas Day. Pic: Instagram

The wife of the late, legendary Dean Jones has revealed that his death is "under a coroner's enquiry" after confirming that he did not die of a heart attack, as originally reported.

The death of the Aussie cricket great rocked the sport in September, following news he had collapsed in a Mumbai hotel and died of a heart attack, at the age of 59.

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His wife Jane has now conformed that it was in fact a stroke that tragically took the life of the father of their two daughters.

“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 Jones told The Age.

According to reports, both the Indian and Australian coroners that examined Jones' body concluded that he died from a catastrophic stroke.

Dean Jones is seen here posing for a photo with his wife and two daughters.
Dean Jones' wife Jane has confirmed he died of a stroke. Pic: Instagram

It comes as the Melbourne Cricket Ground prepares to host a special tribute to the life of the beloved Aussie batsman, during the Boxing Day Test on Saturday.

Only 10 mourners were allowed at Jones' memorial service at the MCG due to coronavirus restrictions at the time, and his wife hopes Saturday's tribute at his home ground will be the celebration of a life that touched so many.

“I hope Saturday is a big celebration. That’s the way we are looking at it,” Jane told The Age.

“The fact that we were only allowed to have 10 people (at his memorial service) 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.”

Pictured here, Dean Jones cracks a big smile during a press conference.
Dean Jones's death in September was felt across the cricketing world. Pic: Getty

Family spends first Christmas without Dean Jones

Jones' two daughters, Phoebe and Isabella, shared heartbreaking memories about their late father, after marking their first Christmas Day without him.

Phoebe wrote: “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.”

Jones' wife Jane says it's fitting that Saturday's tribute to her late husband comes while India are touring.

The former batsman's greatest innings was his famous 210 in the tied Test in what was known as Madras in 1986.

He later spent many years coaching and commentating in the sub-continent, where he tragically lost his life.

"He loved the sub-continent and they loved him. We are really thrilled they are here," Jane told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"I know it's really hard under the circumstances with COVID, and everyone is suffering in some shape or form, and the cricketers are, too ... but cricket makes everyone so happy," she added.

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