Canberra (Web Desk): Former Australian cricket great Shane Warne has passed away at the age of 52 due to a suspected heart attack, Australian media outlet Fox Sports reported.
Australia cricket legend, Shane Warne, dies of ‘suspected heart attack’, aged 52.March 4, 2022
As per 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, also passed away earlier in the day.
The cricket fraternity expressed shock over Warne's sudden death as messages continued to pouring from all circles.
Find it hard to believe. Such a devastating loss for the cricket world. He literally inspired generations with his magical leg spin. You'll forever be missed #ShaneWarne. My heart and prayers goes to his family, friends, and fans. #legend pic.twitter.com/pigrD785gC— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 4, 2022
The game of cricket has lost what I consider a university of leg-spin bowling today. I was inspired by his bowling from the start of my career and it was always a privilege to play against him. My deepest condolences are with Warne's family and loved ones. #ShaneWarne pic.twitter.com/Uht87qDcJ5— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 4, 2022
There are no words. A hero growing up and the greatest player I ever played against. I can’t believe it.
My thoughts are with his loved ones. https://t.co/NEN2VwbUtJ— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 4, 2022
Absolutely shocked and gutted to hear about @ShaneWarne legend and friend. Just Can’t believe it.— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) March 4, 2022
I’m truly lost for words here, this is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us. RIP Shane Warne….still can’t believe it— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 4, 2022
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 4, 2022
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) March 4, 2022
— Shoaib Malik ???????? (@realshoaibmalik) March 4, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/f7FUzZBaYX— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 4, 2022
Sad day for Cricket!
An iconic cricket player & mentor has left us.
Deeply saddened by this news.March 4, 2022
Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can't be true...March 4, 2022
How sad about Shane Warne…— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) March 4, 2022