Shane Warne dies: Four friends ‘fought for 20 minutes’ to try to save Australian legend

According to Thai police, friends of Shane Warne tried to resuscitate the Australian cricket legend after he suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Thailand.

Shane Warne was at a villa in Thailand when he suffered the heart attack (Reuters Photo)

Shane Warne was at a villa in Thailand when he suffered the heart attack (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shane Warne’s four friends fought for 20 minutes to save his life after suffering a ‘heart attack’ in Thailand
  • Thai police said Warne and three other friends were staying at a private villa on Koh Samui
  • Shane Warne died March 4 of a suspected heart attack

Australian legend Shane Warne died of a heart attack at the age of 52, despite repeated attempts by four friends who fought for 20 minutes to save his life, according to Thai police.

Thai police said Warne and three other friends were staying at a private villa on Koh Samui and one of them inquired about him after the former cricketer failed to show up for dinner. Shane Warne, one of the greatest to ever play the game, died of a suspected heart attack on March 4th.

“The friend resuscitated him and called an ambulance,” Chatchawin Nakmusik, an officer with the Bo Put Police Department, told Reuters by phone.

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“An emergency unit then came and did another CPR for 10 to 20 minutes. Then an ambulance from Thai International Hospital came and took him there. They did CPR for 5 minutes and then he died.”

They didn’t know the cause of death but weren’t treating it as suspicious, Chatchawin added.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said officials had spoken to Warne’s friends in Thailand and would travel to Koh Samui on Saturday to offer further assistance.

“(We) are working with the Thai authorities to confirm the arrangements after his death, assist with his repatriation and provide other on-the-ground assistance,” she said in a statement.

Warne’s last tweet paid tribute to another former Australian cricket great, wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, who died on Friday aged 74.

Credited with reviving the art of leg spin, Warne made his Test debut against India in 1992 and by the time he ended his 15-year international career he had established himself as one of the game’s all-time greats.

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