Former Australian cricketer, popular TV commentator Dean Jones passes away at 59

Star Sports have confirmed that former Australia batsman Dean Jones has died of a cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel. The 59-year-old was in Mumbai with the Star Sports’ commentary team for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

He had played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia. He was also a part of the 1987 World Cup winning team.

“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 Sports stated a press release.

“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,” it added.

“Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers.

“He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. And he will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the broadcasters said.

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