Shane Warne dies of heart attack at 52

Australian spin legend Shane Warne has died of suspected heart attack, according to a Fox Sports report.

Former Australia leg-spinner, Shane Warne.   -  Getty Images

Australian spin legend Shane Warne, 52, has died of suspected heart attack, according to a Fox Sports report.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa [in Thailand] and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” Warne's management released a statement.

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

 

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Warne, widely regarded as the greatest spinner to play the sport, played 145 Tests for Australia and has 708 wickets.

He was the second highest wicket taker in Test history and only Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has more wickets than him with 800. In 2007, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket named the Test series between the two sides the Warne–Muralitharan Trophy in the duo's honour.

Warne, who made his Test debut against India at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, was named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Century for his unparalleled achievements in a 15-year career between 1992 and 2007.

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In 2013, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

He helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999 and took more wickets than any other bowler in Ashes cricket, the tally standing at 195.

After retiring from international cricket, Warne added to his legend by doubling up as captain and coach of IPL team Rajasthan Royals' remarkable title triumph in the event's inaugural edition.

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A flamboyant personality both on and off the field, Warne also found success as a commentator and was considered among the sharpest analysts of the game.

Warne has passed away on a day when Australian cricket was in mourning after the death of wickeeping legend Rod Marsh.

With inputs from PTI

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