Late Australian cricketer Dean Jones wife Jane Jones, stated about the ‘enormous gap’ which is left behind the death of her husband in Mumbai on September 24. Jones, was in India for commentary in the 13th season of IPL, died of a massive heart attack in his hotel.
“My girls and I are devastated and saddened beyond belief to hear of Dean’s death in India,” Jane told The Age.
“My beautiful husband, the love of my life has lived his life with every bit of energy at his disposal, and he leaves an enormous gap in our lives which can never be filled.
“He leaves us with so many wonderful memories that will last forever. At this challenging time, when our grief is so raw, we have drawn much consolation from the many messages of goodwill and support from so many people around the world.
“Given Dean’s special love for the sub-continent, it was especially touching to hear so broadly from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. We are overwhelmed by the scale of the response to the news of his death and we will forever be grateful for that.”
Jane also said that she is thankful to the Australian bowler, Brett Lee, who tried to revive Jones by performing CPR twice.
“We want to especially thank and acknowledge Brett Lee’s tireless efforts to keep Dean alive,” Jane said.
“At this moment, we would sincerely ask the cricketing world to respect the privacy of our family. Details of Dean’s memorial celebration will be released in due course, so everyone has the chance to rightly commemorate his wonderful legacy and bid farewell.”
Meanwhile, Brett Lee also shared a video on his Instagram account and wrote an emotional message.
In an Instagram post, Jones’ daughter Phoebe too thanked Lee for his efforts.
“Our family is eternally grateful to Brett Lee for doing everything he could,” she said. “We are overwhelmed with your outpouring of kind words, support and tributes.
“His legacy will live on in every life he touched.
“I just keep staring at my phone waiting for him to call and tell me this is just a bad dream.”
Jones’ daughter Augusta too posted on Instagram saying ‘everything she does is for you’.
“I cannot believe I am writing this. My heart is broken, My Dad. My Hero. The sweetest and most caring person you could ever meet,” she wrote.
“If only you could see now how many lives you touched. If only you could see now how loved you were.
“You held my hand through the toughest times this year, how will I do this without you?
“The heavens have opened their gates for another angel. Wait for me dad. Everything I do is for you. I love you Dad.”