Shane Warne was a crowd puller: Cricket Brotherhood in shock after Australian legend’s untimely death

Shane Warne was remembered as an “inspirational figure” in Australian cricket, having served the sport for almost 30 years when honors have come his way died of a heart attack.

Warne’s management had released a brief statement that he died in Thailand of a suspected heart attack.

“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.”

Warne, who made his Test debut against India at the legendary Sydney Cricket Ground, was named one of Wisden’s five Cricket Players of the Century for his unparalleled performances over a 15-year career between 1992 and 2007. In 2013 he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

He helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999 and has won more wickets than any other bowler in Ashes cricket, with a tally of 195.

After retiring from international cricket, Warne added to his legend by doubling as captain and coach of IPL team Rajasthan Royals’ remarkable title triumph in the inaugural edition of the event. A flamboyant personality on and off the field, Warne also found success as a commentator and was considered one of the game’s sharpest analysts.

Warne has died on a day when Australian cricket was mourning Viking legend Rod Marsh.

He tweeted his condolences this morning.

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