Shane Warne passed away after a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand on Friday 4 March 2022.
A statement from Shane Warne’s management company MPC Entertainment said –
It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday 4 March,
Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.
The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.
Warne represented Australia in 145 Test matches and 194 One Day International matches. He is the second-highest international wickets taker in the cricketing history. He took 1001 wickets (708 wickets in Test matches and 293 wickets in ODIs) in his his playing career that lasted for 15 years.
Warne made his international debut against India in 1992 in Sydney and ended with the the Ashes Series win against England at the same venue. Warne took up commentary and coaching roles after his retirement. He was ICC’s Hall of Fame inductee.
Tributes have poured in after his death news got aired.
ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice expressed shock and sadness. He said –
I was stunned to hear the news of Shane’s passing. He was a true legend of the game, who changed the landscape of cricket by reviving the art of leg-spin.
His larger-than-life personality, extraordinary skill and immense cricketing intellect ensured fans were glued to their seats whenever he was involved in a game.
His contribution off the field was also remarkable, where he shared his time and experiences so generously with young players, especially up and coming leg-spinners.
Adam Gilchrist, Australia’s wicket-keeper said –
The highlight of my cricketing career was to keep wicket to Warnie.
(I) have often felt a tad selfish, that Heals and I pretty much exclusively are the only ones who had that thrill and pleasure at Test level.
Sachin Tendulkar, Indian Legendary Batsman said –
Shocked, stunned & miserable…
Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on field duels & off field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you.
Brian Lara, West Indies cricketing legend said –
And speechless at the moment. I literally don’t know how to sum up this situation. My friend is gone!! We have lost one of the Greatest Sportsmen of all time!! My condolences goes out to his family. RIP Warnie!! You will be missed.
Muttaiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan Legendary Off-spinner said –
It’s shocking. I don’t know what to say. He’s a good friend and also a legendary cricketer. What he has done for spin bowling is more than anyone. He will be remembered as one of the greats in history. It’s not the age to die. He was fit whenever I saw him. It’s sad for the whole cricket fraternity. It’s a big, big loss for the cricketing fraternity,
The game of cricket will forever be richer for Shane Warne’s impact. He WILL BE REMEMBERED IN CRICKET HISTORY AS ONE OF THE GREATEST.