One of Shane Warne’s friends tried in vain to revive the world’s greatest-ever leg spinner after finding the stricken legend unresponsive in a villa at Koh Samui, Thailand.
Warne was rushed to the Thai International Hospital via ambulance, where emergence room medics and doctors spent another 20 minutes attempting to revive the 52-year-old.
A Thai police officer has told Reuters the death from a suspected heart attack is not being treated as suspicious.
As a shocked world asbsorbed the grim news, Warne is being remembered as a unique character with a zest for life, following his sudden death from a suspected heart attack.
Warne’s death came less than a week after he announced on social media that he was committed to losing weight and getting back into shape.
“Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago,” he wrote above a bare-chested picture of taut and ripped Warne.
Warne’s passing prompted an outpouring of global grief, shocking cricket friends and former foes, as well as politicians, commentators and showbiz royalty Russell Crowe, Mick Jagger and Elton John.
Federal Treasurer and fellow Victorian Josh Fryenberg described the former star as a “unique character with a remarkable talent and zest for life”.
“Shocked and saddened by the passing of Shane Warne,” Mr Frydenberg tweeted.
‘We will miss you’
“For Australians he was family. We watched him. Laughed with him. Admired him.
“Will miss you, mate. Rest In Peace.”
Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Warne was one of the greatest cricketers the game has known.
“It was a joy to watch him play,” Mr Albanese tweeted. “My thoughts go to the ones who loved him the most. We will miss you Warnie.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnarby Joyce said Warne was a “genius” and the 52-year-old’s death was an incredible shock.
Hollywood star Russell Crowe tweeted he was having a hard time accepting the news.
“Genius player. Grand company. Loyal friend,” he tweeted.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said he was saddened by Warne’s passing.
“He brought such joy to the game and was the greatest spin bowler ever,” he tweeted.