Surrey county cricketer Tom Maynard has died after he was hit by a train in the early hours of this morning.
The 23-year-old, who was widely tipped as a future England international, was struck near Wimbledon Park station on the London Underground District Line shortly after 5am.
The Cardiff-born cricketer was the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard.
It is thought he may have been trying to escape police shortly before his death.
Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family.. Words can't describe the Terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23... #RIPTOM
Someone with so much talent and so much to luck forward too...Why is live so cruel sometimes...?? #RIPTomMaynard
Officers tried to pull over a black Mercedes, which was being driven "erratically", an hour before Maynard's body was found on the tracks.
– Metropolitan Police spokesman
At approx 4.15am on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19.
The male driver of the vehicle - a black Mercedes C250 - made off on foot.
Officers were unable to locate the man.
At approx 5.10am the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station.
The force added that it was still trying to identify the deceased man and that the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have been informed.
– British Transport Police
The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
A file will be prepared for the Coroner.
tragic news that a great lad , Tom Maynard is no longer with us . All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time x x
Surrey and England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen also paid tribute to the 23-year-old.
Watch his interview in the video below:
London Ambulance Service medics were called but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surrey County Cricket Club described the batsman as "incredibly talented".
– Surrey County Cricket Club
He had impressed in all forms of the game, scoring a maiden first-class hundred in Cardiff last year, playing a key role in Surrey's victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and earning selection for the England Lions.
His future potential was unlimited, with experts both inside and outside the club predicting he would soon follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew by graduating to full England honours.
As a mark of respect to Tom, Surrey's Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval that was scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed.
Maynard came through the ranks at Glamorgan before moving to Surrey last summer.
The big-hitting batsman was considered a rising star in the game and earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of this year.
– Surrey chairman Richard Thompson
Our thoughts at this awful time are with Tom's family and friends and all those that were close to him.
Tom Maynard was a prodigiously talented young batsman who had made an incredible start to his career and was clearly destined for far greater things.
The impact Tom made in such a short period of time for Surrey CCC spoke for itself.
There is a profound sense of loss at the passing of Tom.
To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy.
Former England international and current Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones said: "Don't know what to say or do, bruiser you'll be sorely missed, you were a special, special person and talent! Love you bro."
England fast bowler Steven Finn tweeted: "So sad to hear the news of Tom Maynard. Thought with family and friends. Very talented and a top guy. #tooyoung"
England bowler Stuart Broad said: "Absolutely gutted this morning to hear the news about Tom Maynard. A lovely guy and great talent. #RIPTom"
:England all-rounder Tim Bresnan said: "Was gutted to hear the news of Tom Maynard here at the oval this morning A talented player is lost so young Thoughts with his family #RIPTom
England wicket-keeper Matt Prior said: "In shock at the news of Tom Maynard! Such a waste of a very talented and much loved player. Condolences to the Maynard family #RIPtommaynard"
England quick Graham Onions said: "Words can't describe how sad I am hearing the news about Tom Maynard,my thoughts are with his family and friends #RIPTom"
Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody said: "Sincere condolences to the Maynard family at this tragic time. Tom Maynard leaves us far too soon. #RIP"
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke said: "This is a very sad day for everyone connected with Surrey County Cricket club and for Glamorgan County Cricket club where Tom spent the early part of his career. Tom was a player of enormous potential who had already represented England Lions and had an exciting future ahead of him."
Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said: "He had the world at his feet. I played with his old man when he played for England and Tom was very much on that pathway. He was an incredibly talented cricketer. He played for the Lions in the winter. He impressed all the coaches there. They liked him as a person and as a player and to have his life cut short in this way is an absolute tragedy."