Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has passed away due to an alleged heart attack at only 52 years old.
While American sports fans may be less familiar with Warne, he was beloved throughout Europe for his contributions to the sport, as well as his reputation for entertaining fans.
Warne’s management released a brief statement on is passing, saying that he died of a suspected heart attack.
Warne was in Koh Samui, Thailand at the time, where he was found unresponsive in his villa.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” reads the statement.
Friends and fans shared their sadness for Warne’s passing on social media.
Australia cricket legend, Shane Warne, dies of ‘suspected heart attack’, aged 52.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 4, 2022
Fox Sports shared the sad news:
Australia cricket legend and the greatest leg-spinner of all-time, Shane Warne, has died, aged 52.
Warne’s management released a brief statement in the early hours of Saturday (AEDT) saying that he passed away in Koh Samui, Thailand, of 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 statement reads.
Shane Warne has passed away at the age of 52.
Utterly shocking news. A cricketing genius. pic.twitter.com/eTuTuyD1ch
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) March 4, 2022
𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has passed away, aged 52.
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 4, 2022
A special tribute programme 'Remembering Shane Warne' will be shown tonight at 6pm on Sky Sports News. pic.twitter.com/urPYhyydmo
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 4, 2022
Many shared their condolences and memories of Warne on Twitter:
Absolutely devastated to hear that @ShaneWarne has died from a heart attack aged just 52.
He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic bloke and a great loyal friend for many years.
Just gutting news.
RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company. pic.twitter.com/RCUGuTU4Gm
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 4, 2022
Absolutely shocked to hear about Shane Warne. A terrific statesman of our game. May God bless his soul and my condolences to his loved ones. 🙏🏻
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) March 4, 2022
One of the greatest of all-time.
A legend. A genius.
You changed Cricket.
RIP Shane Warne ❤️ pic.twitter.com/YX91zmssoT
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 4, 2022
Shocked and saddened by the news! A very sad day for world cricket! Rest in peace, Rodney Marsh & Shane Warne… you will be terribly missed! #Legends
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) March 4, 2022
Cannot believe it.
One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more.
Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world. pic.twitter.com/f7FUzZBaYX
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 4, 2022
It’s a sad day for world cricket. First the news of Rodney Marsh & now Shane Warne 💔 Heartbreaking! I have fond memories of playing with Warne. He was the king of spin & a legend of the game who’s gone way before his time. RIP. You will be missed 🙏🏻 my condolences to his family
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 4, 2022
Simply can't believe we are writing this.
RIP Shane Warne, one of the game's best characters and finest bowlers.
Forever etched in Ashes history ✍️ pic.twitter.com/A2jOWPt6L5
— England's Barmy Army 🏴🎺 (@TheBarmyArmy) March 4, 2022
Like you all I am in shock to wake to the news that @ShaneWarne had passed away. I’m grateful to have known him, and to have witnessed his once in a generation talent. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and close friends at this incredibly difficult time. Rest well Shane. pic.twitter.com/2nL5h0VGZR
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) March 4, 2022
Lost for words. RIP Shane Warne. One of the greats of the game. Absolutely shocking news. Condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/zEWP0tKSII
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 4, 2022
Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has passed away. The greatest spin bowler of all time. RIP 🙏
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) March 4, 2022