Former cricket turned sports commentator Dean Jones, has died, aged 59.
He died of a heart attack in Mumbai, Indian TV broadcaster Star Sports announced in a statement.
“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,” a statement read.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Jones played 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals for Australia from 1984 to 1994, winning a World Cup in 1987.
Regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his generation, he scored 3631 runs in Tests at an average of 46.55, with 11 hundreds and 14 half-centuries.
He also amassed over 6000 runs in ODIs with seven centuries and 46 fifties.