Australian cricketer Shane Warne has died aged 52.
According to worldwide media reports, Warne has died of a suspected heart attack.
According to a report by British publication Sports Mole, Warne was found in a villa in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Warne’s management team said: “Shane was found unresponsive at his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff he was unable to be revived. The family is requesting privacy at this time and will provide more details in due course.”
ESPN’s Cricinfo reports that Warne’s untimely death comes hours after the death of another Australian cricket icon, former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, who also suffered a heart attack earlier this week at the age of 74.
Affectionately known as “Warney”, he is considered one of the true icons of world cricket, and a player who almost single-handedly breathed new life into the art of legpin in the early 1990s.
“While celebrities such as Pakistani Abdul Qadir had kept the art alive, Warne brought a new glamor and attacking intent to the legs,” Cricinfo reports.
Warne is regarded as the greatest leg spinner of all time, with 708 test match wickets, a figure surpassed only by Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka.
Making his Test debut at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in 1992, Warne went on to become a key figure across all formats in one of the greatest sustained periods of team dominance in world cricket.
He also took 293 One-Day International wickets and made over 300 appearances for Australia in all formats.
Warne was the joint leading wicket-taker when Australia won the 1999 World Cup and in 2007 ended his illustrious 15-year international career.
Since his retirement, Warne has done “work for the Shane Warne Foundation… [which] helps seriously ill and underprivileged children”.
Warne leaves behind his three children with his ex-wife Simone Callahan.
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