The former Australian cricketer has died from a suspected heart attack at the age of 52, one of the game’s all-time greats.
His death is reported by Fox Cricket to be due to a heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.
His management issued a brief statement confirming his death, according to the publication.
Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and medical personnel tried their best to revive him, but it was unsuccessful,” a statement says.
At this time, a request from family for privacy has been made and additional information will be provided in due course.
Rod Marsh, another Australian legend, passed away earlier on Friday as well. Warne’s death is the second major loss suffered by Cricket Australia on Friday.
“Warney”, as he was known throughout the cricketing world, was without doubt one of the very best leg spinners of all time; he was responsible for virtually reviving the art of legspin in the early 1990s.
The art of legspin had previously been revived by luminaries such as Abdul Qadir of Pakistan. Warne, with his bottle-blond hair, infused it with a new sense of glamour and attacking intent, combining it with a keen tactical mind that he used to ensnare a host of unwitting opponents.
He bagged 708 Test wickets in a career that lasted from 1992 to 2007. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest leg-spinners of all time. He is also praised as “King of Spin”
Later on, he played in the Indian Premier League and other Twenty20 tournaments before retiring, and he has continued to be involved in cricket as a broadcaster ever since.
While messages continue to pour in on social media websites following Warne’s death, cricket fans have expressed shock over his death.