Former Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne dies at 52
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne died on Friday at the age of 52, according to media reports.
Fox Cricket reported that he passed away in Koh Samui, Thailand, of a suspected heart attack.
According to the publication, Warne’s management released a brief statement saying that he had passed away.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement reads.
“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
Warne is regarded as one of the finest leg-spin bowlers of all time, bagging 708 Test wickets in a career that spanned from 1992 to 2007.
He later played in the Indian Premier League and other Twenty20 competitions before retiring from all cricket in 2013 but continued to be involved in the game as a broadcaster.
Warne’s death is the second major blow to Cricket Australia on Friday after another Australian legend, Rodney Marsh, had also passed away earlier in the day.
The cricket fraternity expressed shock over Warne’s sudden death as messages continued to pour in social media websites.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said he found it “hard to believe” that Warne was no more. “Such a devastating loss for the cricket world. He literally inspired generations with his magical leg spin,” Azam wrote on Twitter.