Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne, dies of ‘suspected heart attack’, aged 52.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” Warne’s management confirmed in a statement to the Australian media.
The news is the second devastating blow for Australian cricket within 24 hours with fellow great, Rod Marsh, also dying on Friday having suffered a major heart attack last week.
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.
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.