Shane Warne death: Australian cricket legend dies aged 52, tributes

Shane Warne, one of Australia’s most influential sports figures, has died aged 52 of a suspected heart attack.

Australian cricket icon Shane Warne has died aged 52.

His manager James Erskine released a statement on Saturday morning confirming that the former Test leg tester had died in Thailand of a suspected heart attack.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he could not be revived,” the statement read.

“The family requests confidentiality at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Warne is survived by three children: Jackson, Brooke and Summer.

Warne is considered one of the best cricketers in history, claiming 708 Test wickets at 25.41 in 145 matches between 1992 and 2007. No Australian has taken more international wickets than the Victorian.

He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2013 and was named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Century, alongside Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Sir Vivian Richards.

The leg-spinner was part of Australia’s 1999 World Cup triumph, winning six Ashes series.

After his retirement, Warne was a commentator and broadcaster for Channel 9 and Fox Cricket.

The tragic news comes less than 24 hours after former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh died aged 74 after suffering a heart attack in Queensland last week.

“Sad to hear the news of Rod Marsh’s passing,” Warne tweeted Friday morning. “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 a lot, especially to Australian and English players.

“Sending lots and lots of love to Ros and the family. RIP mate.

Warne was credited with reviving the art of the leg-spin – his career tally of 708 Test wickets was only surpassed by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan with 800.

Australian fly-half David Warner tweeted: “Two legends of our game have left us too soon. I am at a loss for words and it is extremely sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the Marsh and Warne family. I cannot just can’t believe it. #rip, we will miss you both.

Statement from Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley

“Shane was one of the most talented and charismatic cricketers we have ever seen. He loved cricket, had an extraordinarily astute understanding of the game and his influence and legacy will last as long as he is played.

“Wisden named him as one of five cricketers of the 20th century and he has been rightly placed alongside the names of Bradman, Hobbs, Sobers and Vivian Richards.

“We are in complete shock at his sudden passing and our hearts go out to his family, his many friends and the legion of fans around the world who have loved and admired Warnie for his incredible bowling skills, humor, warmth. and endearing personality. »

Statement from Australian test captain Pat Cummins

“On behalf of the entire group of players and support staff here in Pakistan, I would like to express our shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Shane. We are all numb to the news.

“Shane was a once-in-a-century cricketer and his achievements will live on forever, but apart from the wickets he won and the matches he helped win, what he did drew so many people to this sport.

“Many of us in the playing squad grew up idolizing him and fell in love with this great sport as a result, while many of our support teams played with him or against him.

“It has been a terrible couple of days for Australian cricket with the passing of Rod Marsh and now Shane. Our hearts go out to both families and, in Shane’s case, especially his parents Keith and Bridgette, his brother Jason and his children Jackson, Summer and Brooke.

“The game of cricket was never the same after Shane emerged, and it will never be the same now that he is gone. Rest in peace King.”

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