Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne died at his villa in Koh Samui. He was 52 years old. Warne, who was a spin bowler, took 708 Test wickets in 145 matches across a 15-year international career.
He had been found unresponsive in his villa on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Friday, his management company confirmed.
“It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack,” it added. “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.”
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Warne’s family will be offered a state funeral for him. Shane Warne’s long-time manager has revealed how the cricket legend’s family reacted to news of his death as the world comes to terms with the tragedy.
Erskine said Warne’s ex-wife Simone was “really upset” as their three kids Jackson, Brooke and Summer now face life without their dad. “I think the three children are in complete shock,” Erskine told Weekend Today. “I spoke to them yesterday and again.
“Jackson just said, ‘We just expect him to walk in the door. This is like a bad dream.’ I spoke to Simone, who was really upset, and obviously Keith, Shane’s father, is a pretty strong individual but, like everybody he’s just shattered. They can’t believe what’s happened.”
“I think that’s what happens when you have a sudden death and you’re not expecting it. One minute the kids are talking to him every day, the next minute they can’t talk to him and then they start thinking about, ‘He’s not going to be there for my 21st, he’s not going to take me down the aisle.’”
“All of those sorts of things go through your head. They are having a much harder time than anybody really.” Warne’s mother Brigitte had earlier told The Herald Sun: “We’re just in shock. We’re OK.”
Thai police revealed Warne was suffering chest pains before he left Australia for a holiday in Koh Samui. Police Colonel Yuthana Sirisombat told reporters on Saturday night his family had informed them of the late cricket legend’s history of heart disease and asthma and their concern about his health before he left Australia last week.
The 52-year-old had recently “seen a doctor about his heart,” Sirisombat said. Erskine was unaware of the extent of those issues, saying: “I didn’t know about that. I did know from Helen, his secretary, that he’d had a bit of a chest pain and also was sweating last week but I only found that later on after he’d died. I didn’t know that at the time.
Sirisombat added “no drug substance was detected in Warne’s body”. Warne’s body is set to be transferred to Surat Thani on the Thai mainland on Sunday for an official autopsy despite requests from his family to expedite its return to Australia.
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