Shane Warne, the best leg-spinner of all time and a legend in Australian cricket died at age of 52.
Warne’s management issued a brief statement in the early hours of Saturday (AEDT) stating that the Australian cricketer had died in Thailand’s Koh Samui after suffering a suspected heart attack.
In a statement, Shane’s family said that he was found unresponsive in his villa and that, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was unable to be revived.
“At this time, the family begs privacy and will share additional information as soon as possible.”
The announcement marks the second terrible blow to Australian cricket in less than 24 hours, following the death on Friday of fellow great Rod Marsh, who died after suffering a massive heart attack the previous week.
Warne is affectionately known as ‘Warnie’ and is adored by millions of people all around the world. He is widely regarded as the finest bowler to ever compete in the sport.
His illustrious international career spanned 15 years and saw him collect 708 Test wickets, the most ever by an Australian and the second-highest of all time, behind only Muttiah Muralitharan. He retired from international cricket after 15 years.
When Warne made his Test debut at the SCG in 1992, he quickly ascended through the ranks to become a significant figure across all formats during one of the most sustained spells of dominance by any side in the history of international cricket.
Between 1993 and 2003, he was a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning team in 1999, as well as five Ashes-winning teams between 1993 and 2003.