Tributes paid to Shane Warne after Australian icon dies aged 52 – latest updates | Sport

Shane Warne, one of the finest bowlers of all time who revived the art of leg-spin, has died aged 52 following a suspected heart attack. This is truly shocking news. Not just within cricket but in the wider world, too. Warne was a true sporting icon, a larger than life character whose 708 Test wickets have only been surpassed by contemporary rival and fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

A statement from Warne’s management company said: “It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday 4 March. Shane was found unresponsive in his Villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Warne – who was the joint-leading wicket-taker as Australia won the 1999 World Cup and finished with 293 one-day dismissals in 194 matches – brought an illustrious 15-year international career to an end in 2007.

It is an incredibly sad time for Australian cricket, following the news of wicketkeeper Rod Marsh’s death, which Warne was commenting on himself only 12 hours ago. The Australia opener Australia opener David Warner tweeted:

Two legends of our game have left us too soon. I’m lost for words, and this is extremely sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just can not believe it. rip, you will both be missed.

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