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Shane Warne, Australian Cricket Legend, Dies Aged 52

Shane Warne, Australian Cricket Legend, Dies Aged 52

Australian former international cricketer and cricket commentator Shane Warne has passed away at the age of 52.

Australian former international cricketer and commentator Shane Warne has passed away at the age of 52.

The spin bowler, who was widely considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time, was found having passed away at a villa he was staying at in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Warne died of a suspected heart attack.

Warne's management stated: 'Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,' as per Sky News.

In his cricketing career, which spanned an impressive 15 years, Warne took the second-most Test wickets of all time, amounting to 708 in 145 matches, BBC reports.

Between 1993 and 2005, across 194 one-day internationals Warne claimed 293 dismissals. He also won the 1999 50-over World Cup.

In 2007, the legendary sportsman retired from international sport, however until 2013, he kept playing franchise Twenty20 cricket.

Fans of the cricketer have since flooded to twitter to pay tribute to the star, and to offer their condolences to his family.

Virender Sehwag, founder of Cricuru, India's biggest online cricket coaching platform, tweeted: 'Cannot believe it. One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more. Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world.'

England's Barmy Army, England cricket supporters club, wrote: 'Simply can't believe we are writing this. RIP Shane Warne, one of the game's best characters and finest bowlers. Forever etched in Ashes history.'

Former professional footballer Gary Lineker reflected: 'Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died. The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t quite believe it. RIP Shane.'

Warne's passing follows soon after news arose of the death of another Australian cricketing legend, Rod Marsh.

Warne himself took to Twitter around 12 hours ago to address Marsh's passing.

He wrote: 'Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls.

'Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate.'

Warne's management concluded its statement by asking fans to give the cricketer's family privacy.

The statement read: 'The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.'

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

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Topics: Sport