Shocking reports have confirmed the death of Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne, who passed away at the age of 52.
In a brief statement released early Saturday(AEDT) by the former athlete’s management, they reported that he died in Koh Samui, Thailand, from what is believed to be a heart attack.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” his management stated. The statement went on to say that the family wants privacy and they would provide more information at the appropriate time.
Warne, also known as the greatest leg-spinner of all time and affectionately called “Warnie”, is loved worldwide and recognized by many as the greatest bowler to ever play cricket.
Warne’s outstanding international career went on for 15 years. During his career, he took 708 Test wickets which is the most ever for an Australian, and the second-most of all time following behind Muttiah Muralitharan.
After making his Test debut at SCG in 1992, Warne ascended to become a key figure across all formats in one of the greatest sustained periods of dominance by any team in world cricket.
Additionally, Warne was a member of Australia’s World Cup win in 1999, as well as five Ashes-winning sides between 1993 and 2003.
The news of his death is the second shocking and devastating news for Australian cricket as Warne is the second sportsman to die within 24 hours. Shortly before, reports were made that Rod Marsh, another great sportsman who played as a wicketkeeper died Friday(AEDT) after suffering a major heart attack last week.