BOWLING icon Shane Warne was arguably cricket’s greatest spinner – and now the world is mourning his tragic death.
Australia is today mourning the cricket legend’s life as Elton John, Chris Martin and Kylie Minogue attend the event at the MCG, a few weeks after his death on the Thai Island of Koh Samui during a family holiday.
Shane Warne was cricket’s greatest ever spin bowlerCredit: Getty
What was Shane Warne’s cause of death?
Warne was in Koh Samui, a tourist spot in Thailand, at the time of his death.
The statement confirming his passing read: “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.”
Police in Thailand subsequently confirmed that the Aussie batsman had died of natural causes and there were no suspicious circumstances.
Warne’s parents Keith and Brigette said: “The night of the 4th of March 2022 is when a never-ending nightmare began for our family, for that is the date we lost our much loved and admired son, father, brother and Uncle, Shane Keith Warne’ a tragedy we will never come to terms with.
“To find words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable, hopefully the mountain of happy memories we all have will help us cope with our ongoing grief.”
The Aussie was revered around the globe as one of the game’s greatest players, having retired from all formats of cricket in 2013.
Warne played domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria and English domestic cricket for Hampshire.
But it was with his national side Australia where he enjoyed his most famous successes on the cricket pitch, however.
He took his 700th and final Test Wicket during The Ashes in 2006, before retiring from international duty after the series was over.
Since then, he’s regularly worked as a commentator and cricket pundit on TV, signing a deal with Sky Sports in 2009.
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Warne had three children – Brooke, Summer and Jackson – with ex-wife Simone Callahan before they divorced in 2005.
He then went on to date and get engaged to English actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, though they called things off in 2013.