Australian cricket legend Shane Warne dies aged 52 | Cricket News

Warne’s management says he died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne, widely regarded as the greatest leg-spinner of all time, has died aged 52, according to his management company.

Warne’s management said in a statement on Friday he died in Koh Samui, Thailand, of a suspected heart attack.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement said.

“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Thai Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Warne’s associates staying in the same villa tried unsuccessfully to revive him, police added.

Warne is regarded as one of the finest leg-spin bowlers of all time after a test career which spanned from 1992 to 2007.

He took 708 test wickets, a tally surpassed only by Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 800.

He also had 293 wickets from 194 one-day internationals and won the man-of-the-match award when Australia beat Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup final.

The wily spinner frequently courted controversy and served a 12-month ban after testing positive for banned diuretics in 2003.

He also played in the Indian Premier League and other Twenty20 competitions before retiring from all international cricket in 2013 but continued to be involved in the game as a broadcaster.

Tributes pour in

Al Jazeera’s sports correspondent Andy Richardson, speaking from Doha, said Warne was a larger than life figure and has been “central to cricket”.

“He elevated the game. He elevated Australia,” he added.

Australian batsman David Warner said he was “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,” he tweeted.

Warne’s great Indian rival Sachin Tendulkar was “shocked, stunned & miserable” at the death of the Australian stalwart.

“Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on field duels & off field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you.,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.

West Indies batting great Viv Richards also paid his tribute on Twitter.

“Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true … Rest In Peace, @ShaneWarne. There are no words to describe what I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket,” he wrote.

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said: “I was lucky enough to know him well. The magic will stay forever.”

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