Cricket

Shane Warne Death Sparks Wave of Tributes to Cricket Icon: “A Supreme Artist”

Shane Warne

Cricket icon Shane Warne has died aged 52 in Koh Samui, Thailand, after a suspected heart attack.

The death of the Australian athlete was announced today by his management.

“Shane was found unconscious in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he could not be revived,” said a statement from his management.

Former Australian cricketer and FOX Sports commentator Shane Warne is seen during day one of the Ashes Series Third Test match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.
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“The family requests confidentiality at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

The late spin bowler was affectionately nicknamed ‘Warnie’ and was widely regarded as one of the sport’s all-time greats, with a glittering 15-year career during which he took a remarkable 708 Test match wickets .

Warne’s death comes just 24 hours after fellow Australian cricketer Rod Marsh, who suffered a heart attack on February 24 and died on Friday, aged 74.

Tributes are pouring in for Warne as the sports world comes to terms with his sudden death.

“I can’t believe it,” tweeted Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. “One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is gone.
Life is very fragile, but it is very difficult to understand. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans around the world.”

Broadcaster Piers Morgan also shared his sadness over the loss.

“Absolutely devastated to hear that @ShaneWarne has died of a heart attack aged just 52,” he tweeted. “He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic guy and a great, loyal friend for many years. Just gutted news. RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company.”

Football legend Gary Lineker said: “Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has passed away. Greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t believe it. RIP Shane.”

Former England rugby union star Brian Moore also paid tribute to the Australian.

“Absolutely devastated by the news that Shane Warne has died of a heart attack. RIP to one of the greatest cricketers of all time,” he said.

“I am truly at a loss for words here, it is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us. RIP Shane Warne…still can’t believe it,” the cricketer said Indian Rohit Sharma.

Football writer Henry Winter tweeted: “Shane Warne transcended cricket. He was a great sportsman with that winning mindset, fabulous technique, intelligence, daring and that aura, a player of team too. Warne loved what he did and showed it; too much modern sport can be joyless. Also a giant as a broadcaster. RIP.”