Fit and healthy 38-year-old cricket star, Dave Orange, has suddenly died, leaving behind his wife and baby daughter, according to reports.
Orange passed away last Wednesday from “natural causes,” leaving behind his 33-year-old wife, Kerry, and seven-month-old daughter, Eylea.
Orange was from Brisbane, Australia, but lived up north in Hendra.
The unexpected death shocked his family, friends, and colleagues.
According to the Daily Mail, Orange’s family is waiting for a coroner’s report.
Cricket star Dave Orange was a South Brisbane District Cricket Club member playing A-grade cricket and was described as having a “real zest for life, a larger than life personality- constantly paired with a massive smile.”
“We believe Dave was the best of us,” a GoFundMe in his memory reads.
“He was an aspiring entrepreneur, an avid sportsman, one of the great loyal friends, and an amazing family man. He will be sorely missed by many, many people,” the GoFundMe page continues.
The fundraising page has raised $77,000 so far, which will financially support his wife in managing the “burden of the significant expenses associated with raising a young child alone.”
Orange was also a successful entrepreneur, owning a business named Orange Electrical and just selling a business called Glow Worm Lighting.
The South Brisbane District Cricket Club paid tribute on Facebook.
“He was one of the best teammates/clubmates you could ask for, which was reflected in the many lifelong friendships he created throughout his time at the nest,” read a statement from the team.
“His loss is shocking and devastating; as a club, we will continue to honor him, and the friendship circles he created will live on.”