Cricket legend Shane Warne dead at 52 3 months ago

Cricket legend Shane Warne dead at 52

A brief statement from Warne's management said he had been found unresponsive at his villa

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has died suddenly of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52.

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Warne's management issued a statement on Friday which said he had been found unresponsive at one of his properties on the Thai island of Koh Samui. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

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

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

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Warne is considered by many as the finest bowler in cricketing history. The leg spinner took 708 Test match wickets for Australia over the course of his 15-year international career - a record bettered only by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

He also claimed 293 dismissals in 194 one-day internationals, helping Australia to victory in the 1999 World Cup in England.

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Having called time on his international career in 2007, Warne continued to play Twenty20 cricket until 2013. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame that same year.

Since retiring fully from playing the game, Warne has regularly appeared as a commentator.

Warne had posted a message on Twitter only 12 hours before news of his death emerged, paying tribute to fellow Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh, who died on Thursday at the age of 74.

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