THE world is in shock following the devastating death of cricket legend Shane Warne.
Aged just 52, Warne was found unresponsive in a villa in Koh Samui, Thailand and he died suddenly of a suspected heart attack.
Attempts by his close friend and associate Andrew Neophitou to revive him were unsuccessful.
Warne is one of the greatest cricketers and sporting icons the world has ever seen and the reaction to his shock passing was utter shock and devastation.
A statement was put out after midnight Australian time advising that Warne had died suddenly just hours after paying tribute to another cricket legend in Rod Marsh.
“It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand, today, Friday 4th March,” said the statement put out by Warne’s long-time manager, James Erskine.
“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 was perhaps cricket’s greatest modern day superstar, and took 708 wickets in his spellbinding Test career as a leg-spinner.
Having achieved every accolade the game had to offer as a player, Warne was one of the most recognisable commentators on the game globally, and the star of the Fox Cricket stable.
Warne’s death was immediately reacted to by superstars overseas like Kevin Pietersen and Virender Sehwag.
Australia’s team was just getting back to its hotel in Rawalpindi after day one of the first Test against Pakistan.
Shane Warne‘s offsider at Fox Cricket, and long-time Australian teammate Adam Gilchrist, reacted late last night to the news with a series of broken heart emojis.
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 4, 2022
Australian Test opener David Warner said he was struggling to take in the loss of Warne and Rod Marsh on the same day – posting a picture of them together.
“Two legends of our game have left us too soon. I’m lost for words, and this is extremely sad,” said Warner.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just can not believe it. RIP you both will be missed.”
“Cannot believe it. One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more,” tweeted Sehwag.
“Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world.”
Warne was a name who transcended his sport and one of the few celebrity cricketers.
Less than 12 hours before his own tragic passing, Warne had paid tribute to Marsh, 74, who had also died of a heart attack.
“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,” said Warne.
“Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate.”
It’s not so long ago another player of Warne’s vintage Dean Jones also died far too early from a heart attack.
Neophitou was one of several executive producers behind the recently released feature documentary on Warne‘s life called, ’Shane’.
The film explored his rise as a controversial sporting star and explored his accompanying extravagant and larger than life lifestyle.