Devastating photo of Dean Jones' son after Aussie legend's death

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
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Dean Jones' son Koby, pictured here paying tribute at a local baseball game.
Dean Jones' son Koby paid tribute to his dad at a local baseball game. Image: Instagram

The mother of Dean Jones’ son has posted a heartbreaking photo of him during a tribute to the late Australian cricket legend.

Jones died in September after suffering a heart attack while covering the Indian Premier League in Mumbai.

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The 59-year-old leaves behind wife Jane, daughters Phoebe and Isabella, and son Koby.

On Sunday, Koby’s mother Kerri-Anne Hamilton posted a photo of her son during a tribute to Jones at a local baseball game.

Koby, who is a promising young baseballer, helped his club lead a minute’s silence ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season.

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“Players, officials and spectators all took part in a minute’s silence along with Koby’s team members wearing black armbands to commemorate and respect the passing of their teammate’s father,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.

“A legendary Australian cricketer who revolutionised the art of batting, a baseball fan and Koby’s hero.

“We are very lucky to be part of a wonderful baseball community and we feel very supported by our baseball family.

“One minute isn’t long enough, but it was a fitting way to start the process of goodbye.

“We think about you every minute of every day.”

Jones fathered Koby during a secret affair with Hamilton while he was married to Jane.

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The cricket legend confirmed the affair in 2010 and spoke publicly about the scandal.

Hamilton spoke out after Jones’ tragic death to reveal Koby’s heartbreak.

“If you know my son you’ve probably heard him say, ‘Do you know my dad is Dean Jones?’” Hamilton wrote on social media.

“Proud is an understatement! He adores him and will no doubt live his life with a bat and ball in his hand.”

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hamilton said Koby “deserves recognition too.”

“It’s OK, mum,” Koby reportedly told his mum. “I know my dad loved me.”

Hamilton said: “It’s an awful time for his wife and his other kids.

“I’m not trying to step out of line. I want to speak to you for Koby.

“I don’t want Koby to go to school and for kids to say, ‘We didn’t see you, how do we know you were his son?’ He deserves acknowledgment.”

Dean Jones farewelled at MCG funeral

Jones was farewelled at a small, private funeral in October, which included a lap of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With Melbourne still under severe COVID-19 restrictions, the service under the famous stadium's bright lights was limited to 10 people.

Jones’ wife Jane said her daughters Phoebe and Isabella would miss his “zest for life”.

“We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love for Dean over the last week and can’t thank everyone enough for their support and for sharing their memories with us,” Jane said.

“It has been an awful time to navigate as a family, but I could not have thought of a more fitting place to say goodbye to my husband.

Family and mourners, pictured here at a private memorial for Dean Jones at the MCG.
Family and mourners at a private memorial for Dean Jones at the MCG. (AAP Image/Supplied, MCG, Michelle Couling)

“What better way to honour him than with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS echoing throughout the empty stadium.

“We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Melbourne Cricket Club and the MCG for their willingness to create our personal tribute to Dean and for Cricket Australia's support.

“We would also like to extend a big thank you to the Department of Foreign Affairs for ensuring Dean was returned home to us as quickly as possible.”

An Australian flag and a floral 324 arrangement - showcasing Jones' Australian Test cap number - adorned his coffin as a hearse took him on one last lap of the MCG.

He played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and is regarded as one of the country’s greatest white-ball players.

A favourite of so many of the sport’s fans in the 1980s and early 1990s, Jones was inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.

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