Shane Warne’s autopsy confirms death from natural causes, not foul play: Thai police

Thai police said on Monday Shane Warne’s autopsy report showed the cricketer died of natural causes. The Australian cricketer died on Friday while staying at a villa on his personal trip to Thailand.

Legendary Shane Warne died in Thailand on Friday at the age of 52 (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thai police confirm no evidence of third-party negligence in Warne’s death
  • Warne died Friday of complications from a suspected heart attack
  • Warne was at a villa in Thailand when he was found unconscious

Thai police announced on Monday that the autopsy of legendary cricketer Shane Warne showed his death was of natural causes and investigators will soon summarize the autopsy report.

Deputy Police Commissioner-General Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn said Warne’s death had been investigated for several days and there was no sign of foul play.

Shane Warne’s family have shared the autopsy results and accepted the findings, Reuters reported. His body is to be handed over to Australian consular officials to be returned to his family.

“Today investigators received the autopsy result, in which the medical opinion is that the cause of death is natural,” Kissana Phathanacharoen said in a statement.

“Investigators will summarize the autopsy result for prosecutors within the legal timeframe.”

Shane Warne died on Friday at the age of 52 on his personal trip to Thailand. His family had said in a statement that Warne died of a suspected heart attack after he was found unconscious in a villa in Thailand.

A friend of Warne’s, Tom Hall, who was staying at the same resort where the cricketer was found unconscious in his room, said there were “no unusual circumstances” surrounding the death.

Hall, managing director of website Sporting News, said none of Warne’s traveling companions knew he had seen a doctor, despite complaining to a friend about “some chest pain and shortness of breath”.

Earlier, Thai police, citing information from his family, said Warne also had asthma and some heart problems. Read the full story

Australian media said Warne’s family funeral will be followed by a memorial service at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) within two or three weeks. The Great Southern Stand at the MCG, where The Spinner took his 700th wicket on Boxing Day 2006, is renamed the SK Warne Stand.

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