AUSTRALIAN cricket legend Shane Warne has tragically passed away aged 52-years-old after a ‘suspected heart attack’.
Warne carried out media duties for FOX Cricket’s coverage of Australia vs Sri Lanka on February 18Credit: EPA
Warne passed away from a ‘suspected heart attack’ two weeks after his last television appearanceCredit: Getty
The second-leading Test wicket-taker of all time was part of the team covering Sri Lanka’s tour to Australia for Aussie TV network FOX Cricket.
He oversaw the toss between captains Aaron Finch and Dasun Shanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 18.
But just two weeks after completing his media duties in Melbourne Warne tragically passed away in sudden circumstances.
Warne also spent time as a pundit in the UK for Sky Sports.
He first signed for the channel in 2009 following his retirement from playing two years earlier.
Warne’s management released a brief statement in the early hours of Saturday (AEDT), announcing he had passed away in Thailand after suffering a ‘suspected heart attack‘.
It read: “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.”
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Piers Morgan led tributes from across the world as news of Warne’s tragic passing was made public.
In an emotional tweet, The Sun columnist wrote: “Absolutely devastated to hear that Shane Warne has died from a heart attack aged just 52.
“He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic bloke and a great loyal friend for many years.
“Just gutting news. RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company.”