In an extremely shocking development, the former Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has died of a massive heart attack today between 11.30 to 12:00 Jones, 59 was in Mumbai as part of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) broadcast set-up, and was learnt to be absolutely fine before he suffered a sudden collapse.
On Thursday, at around 11 am, Jones, after finishing his breakfast, attended a briefing session for the day’s IPL broadcast and then was enjoying a casual session of bat and ball with colleagues in the corridors of the hotel he was staying in South Mumbai.
According to Daily Mail Australia, Jones collapsed in the lobby of the hotel with former fast bowler Brett Lee standing by his side. Lee desperately tried to revive him with CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).
Lee tried but could not revive him. Following which he was rushed in a standby ambulance to the Harkisandas Hospital in the city. The hospital authorities declared him dead on arrival.
According to close friends, Jones went for a run on Thursday morning before suffering the heart attack.
Dean Jones has been an active cricket analyst and was signed up to do off-tube commentary on the Indian Premier League 2020 now underway in UAE. He was also part of the Star Sports Dug-Out team.
Born in Melbourne, Dean Jones played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55. With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team.
Jones is a popular figure in the Indian media. His show ‘Prof Deano’ was extremely popular on NDTV. He has commentated on various leagues of the world and was known for his forthright views.
Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends. 🙏🏻
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Dean Jones. He made an amazing contribution to the cricket world, both on and off the field. Dean was very passionate about discovering & nurturing young talents. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and followers.
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 24, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/u6oEY1h7zz
Shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of Dean Jones. My condolences to his friends and family 🙏
I can’t believe this news. So very sad to hear about this. Rip Deano, you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/Mc8h36gnWe
I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of our fellow commentator #DeanJones He was fine in the morning. I had video call with his son two days back. Everything was fine. Everything was normal. I can’t believe this #RIP
Still in shock hearing the news of Deanos passing. Thoughts are with Jane and the family at this incredibly tough time. A great man with an amazing passion for the game.
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) September 24, 2020