Shane Warne, legendary Australian spinner, dies aged 52 of suspected heart attack

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Shane Warne, died of a suspected heart attack at a villa in Thailand on Friday, March 4, according to the sport.

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne died of a suspected heart attack on Friday March 4 (Agency Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shane Warne died March 4 of a suspected heart attack
  • Warne recorded 708 Test wickets, the second-highest in history
  • Warne was at a villa in Thailand when he suffered the heart attack

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne died on Friday aged 52 of a suspected heart attack. The Australian cricketer. Warne was at a villa in Thailand when doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

“Shane was found unresponsive at his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was unable to be resuscitated,” the statement said.

“The family is asking for privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

As recently as Friday morning, Shane Warne had posted on social media offering his condolences to the family of another legendary Australian cricketer, Rod Marsh, who passed away on Thursday.

“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed away. He was a legend of our great game and an inspiration to so many young boys and girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket and gave so much – especially to players from Australia and England .Send lots & lots of love to Ros & family RIP mate,” he wrote on Twitter.

Warne, who has been active on social media, only posted from Thailand on Thursday evening. The legendary leg spinner shared a photo of the mansion he had stayed at in the Asian nation.

Screenshot from Shane Warne Instagram

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Shane Warne won 708 wickets in 145 Tests. His career spanned 15 years from 1992 to 2007. He also became world champion in 1999 with Australia.

Warne is considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the sport, having been a staple of Australia’s dominant teams in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Warne also won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League as captain of the Rajasthan Royals. He is considered the greatest captain Australia has never had.

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