Social media is flooded by messages from fans, friends and fellow sport stars after the untimely passing of Shane Warne, arguably one of the best spin bowlers the cricket world has ever seen.
According to Independent, the 52-year-old Australian cricketer passed away of a suspected heart attack at his Thailand villa on Friday 4 March.
Shane Warne found unresponsive in Thailand villa
A brief statement released by Warne’s management company read:
“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,” read the statement.
“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.”
We will always remember
Many fellow cricket players, international celebs and fans took to social media to express their shock and sadness about the passing of Warne or “Warnie” as he was affectionately known.
Fellow cricket legend Brian Lara took to Twitter to relay his shock after Warne’s death.
South-Africa’s own, former Protea Graeme Smith also could not believe the sad news.
Cricket Sachin Tendulkar posted:
Shane Warne’s loves: Cricket and women
Although Warne had a successful career in cricket he seemed to be unlucky in love. When the cricketer and actress Liz Hurley started dating in 2011, fans could not get enough of their love story. It however did not last and the engagement was broken off.
Warne’s performance on the pitch made him a hot target for news media, but it was his bad boy image, high-profile romances, divorce from model Simone Callahan and involvement in multiple sexting scandals that often put him in the spotlight.
MailOnline reported that Warne took 708 Test wickets during his career, an achievement that places him in second place on the all-time wickets list. The cricketer retired from cricket in 2013 but stayed involved in the sport as broadcaster.