Former Indian Cricketer David Johnson Dies in Tragic Fall from Fourth-Floor Balcony

David Johnson was a bowler who represented Karnataka and made his international debut for India in 1996.

David Johnson
Former Indian pacer David Johnson dies at the age of 52.

David Johnson, a former Indian cricketer aged 52, tragically fell from the fourth-floor balcony of his apartment in Kothanur on June 20. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

Despite being rushed to a nearby private hospital with severe injuries, Johnson was declared “brought dead,” according to Kothanur Police who responded to the incident.

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A senior police official stated that an investigation is ongoing to determine whether Johnson’s fall was accidental or intentional. An unnatural death report has been filed.

David Johnson, originally from Arasikere in Hassan district, was a bowler who represented Karnataka and made his international debut for India in 1996, participating in two Test matches. He was also active in the Karnataka Premier League.

David Johnson Death: Cricket fraternity expressed condolences

Anil Kumble, a former cricketer from Bengaluru, expressed his sorrow on social media. “Saddened to hear the passing of my cricketing colleague David Johnson. Heartfelt condolences to his family. Gone too soon ‘Benny’,” he posted on X.

A KSCA official confirmed to PTI, “We were informed that he had fallen from the fourth floor of his apartment building. He was taken to a hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead.”

In his prime, Johnson played two Tests and 39 First-Class matches, being part of a strong Karnataka bowling unit that included notable players like Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, and Dodda Ganesh.

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Dodda Ganesh, a former Indian pacer and long-time friend of Johnson, shared his shock and memories. “We played together from our tennis cricket days for a club called Jai Karnataka,” he recalled. “Later, we played together for State and the country. That Karnataka bowling attack was the Indian bowling attack for a long time. In fact, six members from the State, including Rahul Dravid, were in the India squad at the same time. I doubt any other state has managed that feat.”

Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, also conveyed his condolences. “Deepest condolences to family and friends of our former Indian fast bowler David Johnson. His contributions to the game will always be remembered,” he wrote on X.

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