died suddenly from a ‘massive heart attack’ at the age of 52 while on holiday in Thailand — after three friends staying with him battled to save his life for 20 minutes, police have said.
The Australian megastar cricketer turned pundit and businessman, and the greatest leg spinner in history, was found unconscious in a villa in the resort of Koh Samui earlier today.
Thai police said that Warne was one of four friends staying in the villa, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm local time today he was found to be unresponsive.
It’s believed Warne’s manager Andrew Neophitou performed CPR on the cricket great for around 20 minutes to try and save his life before an ambulance arrived.
He was then taken to the Thai International Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Australian cricket hero and legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne, pictured at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 18, has died suddenly aged 52
Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted a tribute to Shane Warne, expressing his shock at the cricket legend’s premature death at the age of 52
Tributes are building for Test cricket great Shane Warne at his statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with one fan leaving a stubby of VB
A worn cricket ball with a heartfelt message from a fan is left at the base of the statue of Warne outside the MCG in Melbourne
A boy places flowers at the statue of former Australian cricketing great Shane Warne outside the MCG
Speaking this evening by phone, Police Senior Sergeant Major Suporn Hemruangsree said: ‘Police received a report about somebody who died at the Thai International Hospital so we went and asked the hotel, and found out that the deceased was in a group with four other friends and died in the room.
‘In the villa, the people were sleeping in separate rooms.They were sleeping from afternoon to evening, until about 5pm.
‘At 5pm somebody came to call out this person for dinner but the deceased did not respond so they called the other friends to perform CPR for 20 minutes. They waited for the ambulance to come.
‘The doctor announced the death of the person at 6:53pm.Police went and checked the room and there was no sign of intrusion or possessions being searched through. The body was sent for an autopsy at Koh Samui Hospital.’
Warne’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived.
Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has offered Warne’s family a state funeral to honour the legendary cricketer.
‘Victoria has lost an icon. Australia has lost a legend.And the entire cricketing world is mourning the loss of the King,’ Mr Andrews said in a statement.
Warne’s mother Brigitte spoke briefly to the Herald Sun outside her home in Black Rock.
‘We’re just in shock…we’re ok google configurar mi dispositivo,’ she said.
Melbourne identity and friend of Warne, Eddie McGuire, told 3AW that the Great Southern Stand at the MCG should possibly be renamed to honour Warne.
‘In the buffet of life, he ate well, but he also replenished…he gave it back in spades,’ McGuire said.
‘He got himself in some scrapes along the way but mainly through his giving nature.’
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell repeatedly broke down talking about the passing of Warne on the Triple M Dead Set Legends radio show on Saturday morning.
‘He was a life-loving person. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more caring, loyal and generous person than him, Maxwell said.
Warne’s death was announced just 12 hours after he tweeted his shock and grief at the death of Australia’s great wicket keeper Rodney Marsh, who also died this morning following a cardiac arrest.
His death left the world of sport in shock and Australians mourning two of their greatest sporting icons, with Viv Richards, Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Smith and David Warner leading the tributes to his ‘rock n roll’ cricket and lifestyle.Michael Vaughan said his friend was a ‘normal guy who could do incredible things’ on the pitch.
‘It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday March 4,’ a statement from the management company read.
The statement added: ‘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.’
Australian test captain Pat Cummins described him as ‘king’ while former prime minister Kevin Rudd labelled Warne a ‘living legend’ and ‘larger than life’ personality.
MailOnline understands Warne landed in Thailand yesterday and was seen looking happy while chatting with fans at the airport and looked like he was on a boys’ break.
He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui.
Some 24 hours ago, on his first night, he shared an image of its infinity pool.He tweeted for the last time around 11 hours later following Rod Marsh’s death, his own cricketing hero from the great Australian team of the 1970s.
Warne became a global star in 1993 by bowling out Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ — his first ball in Ashes cricket.He went on to get 708 test wickets, tormenting teams all over the world, especially Australia’s great rival England.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has offered the cricketing great’s family a state funeral
Friends and family begin to arrive at the Melbourne home of Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan
Fans begin to add floral tributes to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Warne was in a relationship with Liz Hurley following the end of his marriage to his wife Simone, right, who had three children together in ten years.He and Hurley were together for around two years and were engaged before they split up
Warne is widely considered one of the greatest bowlers in history and a leg spinner of unsurpassed quality
He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui.24 hours ago, on his first night, he shared an image of shared its infinity pool.
Shane had tweeted around 12 hours before his death was announced, a tribute to his hero Rod Marsh, the Australian cricketer
A week ago he tweeted about his own ‘Operation Shred’ — to lose some weight, saying he had lost some weight and planned to be in this shape by July
Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with friends, but when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm, but he was unresponsive.The group then tried desperately for 20 minutes to perform CPR, but Warne could not be revived
Warne landed in Thailand yesterday and was seen looking happy while chatting with fans at the airport.He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui (pictured)