"This really hurts," he wrote.
"Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy."
Ricky Ponting who captained Symonds during his Test and ODI careers — also paid tribute to his former teammate on Twitter.
"If Roy shook your hand you had his word, that's the sort of bloke he was and that's why I always wanted him on my team," Ponting wrote.