Mystery shrouds over ex cricketer David Johnson's death

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 20, 2024 IST

New Delhi, June 20: Former India pacer David Johnson was one of the fastest bowlers, when he debuted for Team India against Australia in the 1990s. He was a trusted name in the domestic circuit and was the architect of several wins for Karnataka in domestic matches.

Johnson passed away on Thursday in Bengaluru at the age of 52.

Reports said, Johnson died after falling from the fourth floor of his apartment in the Kothanur police station limits in Bengaluru.

Police suspect that 52-year-old Johnson committed suicide by jumping off the apartment building. However, an official statement is yet to come in this regard. According to police, Johnson fell from the fourth floor of the SLV Paradise Apartment. Although he was immediately rushed to the hospital, the cricketer succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the deceased, Johnson, was suffering from depression. Kothanur police are investigating the case.

The police stated that Johnson had been facing health issues for a year and had spent the last week in the hospital.

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble stated, “Saddened to hear of the passing of my cricketing colleague David Johnson. Heartfelt condolences to his family. Gone too soon, ‘Benny’!”

Johnson was a former fast bowler known for his brief stint with the Indian cricket team. He played two Tests for India in 1996, taking three wickets. In domestic cricket, he picked up 125 wickets for Karnataka in 39 first-class appearances. The highlight of Johnson’s career was clocking a speed of 157.8 km/h during a Test match against Australia.

He was born on October 16, 1971, in Arsikere town of Hassan district in Karnataka.

Indian cricket fraternity will miss Johnson because for his services to the game and his excellent conduct both on and off the field. (With IANS support)

  • Team India
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
  • David Johnson

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