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Australian Cricketing Legend Shane Warne expires at 52 in Thailand, fans in despair

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The management organization of Shane Warne claimed he died of a suspected heart attack in a brief statement.

Shane Warne, 52, died of a suspected heart attack in a villa in Koh Samui, Thailand, according to his management company, MPC Entertainment. “It is with great sadness that we inform you that Shane Keith Warne passed away today, Friday 4 March, in Koh Samui, Thailand, of a suspected heart attack,” the statement stated. Shane was discovered unresponsive in his villa, and despite medical staff’s best attempts, he was unable to be revived. The family asks for privacy at this time and will share further information when the time comes.

The news came just hours after Warne’s Twitter account sent a condolence message for Rodney Marsh, another Australian cricket legend who died earlier in the day at the age of 74. Warne shared one of his old photos a week ago, vowing to get back into shape. “Operation Shred has begun (10 days in) with the goal of regaining this physique from a few years ago by July! He wrote, “Let’s go #healthy #exercise #feelgoodfriday.”

Warne was solely responsible for revitalizing the art of leg-spin bowling in the 1990s, with 1,001 international wickets (708 in Tests and 293 in ODIs). In Manchester, he is also known for delivering the “Ball of the Century,” a ripping leg break to castle England’s Mike Gatting. It was also Warne’s first-ever Ashes ball. 

Warne’s 96 wickets in 2005 remain the most in any calendar year. He had a fearsome partnership with fast bowler Glenn McGrath, taking 1,001 wickets in 104 Tests, making them the most prolific bowling combo in the game’s history. The fact that Australia was undefeated in 119 of the 145 Tests Warne played speaks volumes about his ability.

Warne made his debut against India in Sydney in 1991-92 as a 22-year-old with blonde-frosted tips, taking the lone wicket of double century Ravi Shastri while allowing 150 runs in 45 overs. Warne’s mettle was ultimately revealed during the 1993 Ashes trip, when he bamboozled Mike Gatting with the first delivery of the tour on June 4th. Gatting stretched out his left pad to stretch out an outside leg break that was drifting and falling, only for it to turn square and scythe across him, clipping the top of the off-stump. Gatting looked down at the ground, completely unaware of the fact that he had been clean bowled at first. With that single delivery, leg-spin became enticing.

Warne’s life off the field, on the other hand, was a blurry maze of problems and scandals. During the 1994 tour of Sri Lanka, Mark Waugh and Warne were punished for giving match-related information to an Indian bookmaker. Warne was banned for using a prohibited diuretic on the eve of the 50-over World Cup in 2003. He eventually became embroiled in a sexting scandal in England. The news of Warne’s death came as a shock to the cricket world. Sachin Tendulkar, one of Warne’s main competitors, described himself as “shocked, surprised, and devastated.”

Warne’s life off the field, on the other hand, was a blurry maze of problems and scandals. During the 1994 tour of Sri Lanka, Mark Waugh and Warne were punished for giving match-related information to an Indian bookmaker. Warne was banned for using a prohibited diuretic on the eve of the 50-over World Cup in 2003. He eventually became embroiled in a sexting scandal in England. The news of Warne’s death came as a shock to the cricket world. Sachin Tendulkar, one of Warne’s main competitors, described himself as “shocked, surprised, and devastated.”

Tendulkar’s tweet read, “Warnie, I’ll miss you.” On or off the field, there was never a dull moment when you were around. Our on-field duels and off-field banter will always be treasured. You always had a special place in your heart for India, and Indians had a special place in their hearts for you. Gone too soon!”

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By TIS Staffer
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