Shane Warne dead: Australia cricket legend dies aged 52

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Shane Warne has passed away at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack. The Australian cricket icon’s management released a brief statement on Friday (GMT) on his death, which occurred while he was in Thailand. 

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” it read. 

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

At the turn of the millennium, Warne was rated among the top five greatest cricketers of the 20th century, and is regarded by many as the best bowler of all time. 

He still sits well clear at the top of Australia’s all-time wicket takers, having notched a whopping total of 708 in 273 innings.

The legendary leg-spinner enjoyed a glittering career with Australia, which started in 1992 and spanned 15 years. 

His death comes as another devastating blow for Australian cricket, after Rod Marsh passed away on Thursday following a major heart-attack.

As recently as Friday morning, Warne was leading a heartfelt social media tribute to his compatriot, which included: “Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed.

“He was a legend of our great game and an inspiration to so many young boys and girls.

“Sending lots & lots of love to Ros and the family. RIP mate.”

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