Shane Warne: Australia icon reported dead from suspected heart attack


Australian spin icon Shane Warne has passed away at 52 years of age.

As per reports, he suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday morning in Thailand.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family requests a privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course,” his family said in a statement.

Warne played 145 Tests and 194 ODIs between 1992 and 2007. A flamboyant but divisive figure, Warne was undoubtedly a genius with the ball in his hand.

Shane Warne found dead

Famed for so many feats, Warne’s endearing cricketing memory was his famous ball of the century to Mike Gatting, which left the cricket world in awe.

He invented the flipper and moved the art of leg-spin forward in leaps and bounds, while also breaking down the perception that spinners can’t get wickets in Australia.

After much chat of him going off the boil in later years, Warne proved everyone wrong by finishing his career in a flourish.

In 2005 he took a stunning 96 wickets in the calender year to break the previous record by some margin.

He was named man of the match 17 times in Test cricket with only two men ahead of him in that regard.

Tributes have been pouring in for the Australia icon.

Piers Morgan tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear that ⁦Shane Warne has died from a heart attack aged just 52. He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic bloke and a great loyal friend for many years. Just gutting news. RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company.”

Shadab Khan said: “Heartbroken about Shane Warne’s news. Rest in peace legend. I used to keep watching him take wickets on TV. So when I started proper cricket, I decided to become a legspinner. Have no words to express my sorrow. Prayers for the departed and family.”