Warne’s management released a brief statement to the Australian media, saying that he passed away in Koh Samui, Thailand and the reason could be a suspected heart attack.
“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,” the statement read.
Warne, one of the finest leg-spin bowlers of all time, took 708 Test wickets in a career which spanned from 1992 to 2007. In the all-time highest Test wicket-takers list, Warne is just behind Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan’s record 800 wickets. In 2007, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket named the Test series between the two sides the Warne–Muralitharan Trophy in the duo’s honour.
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— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1646406439000
Warne, since making his debut in 1992, played 145 Tests for Australia. In his 194 ODI appearances, Warne snared 293 scalps.
Warne, who made his Test debut against India at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century for his unparalleled achievements in a 15-year career between 1992 and 2007. In 2013, the year he retired from the game, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
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— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1646403719000
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— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) 1646403492000
He helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999 and took more wickets than any other bowler in Ashes cricket, the tally standing at 195.
After retiring, Warne added to his legend by doubling up as captain and coach of IPL team Rajasthan Royals and guiding them to a remarkable title triumph in the event’s inaugural edition.
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— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) 1646403543000
A flamboyant personality both on and off the field, Warne also found success as a commentator and was considered among the sharpest analysts of the game.
He was immensely popular in India and his connection with the country went back to his debut when Ravi Shastri became his first Test wicket.
Shocked to hear about Shane Warne’s departure. Shared some wonderful years with him during the start of my career. Rest in peace, legend!
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) 1646403900000
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— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) 1646404424000
Warne has passed away on a day when Australian cricket is in mourning after the death of wicket-keeping legend Rod Marsh. He had condoled Marsh’ demise in a tweet this morning and that post would now be among his last public statements.
“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate,” the legend had posted.
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— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 1646358822000
(With inputs from agencies)