Australian cricketer Shane Warne, who won five Ashes titles over his career and helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999, died on Friday at the age of 52.
In a statement to Australian media outlet Fox Sports, Warne’s management confirmed that he was found unconscious in his villa. He had not been revived despite the best efforts of the medical staff.
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“The family is requesting privacy during this time and will provide more information when appropriate,” the statement noted.
With Rod Marsh also passing away on Friday, it is the second heartbreaking news in 24 hours for Australian cricket. Marsh suffered a heart attack last week and died on Friday.
Warne had tweeted this morning to express his condolences.
“Warnie” made his Test debut against India at the SCG in 1992, and gained international recognition when he struck the ball of the century in 1993, one that cricket fans can never forget.
In addition to his 708 Test match wickets, Warne is undoubtedly the finest leg-spinner of all time. He played more than 300 matches for Australia across all formats and took 293 One-Day International wickets. Furthermore, Warne has taken more wickets in Ashes history than any other bowler. All the people of the cricket world tweeted and paid tribute to him.
As a result of his distinguished 15-year career, Warne was selected as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century. In the inaugural edition of the IPL, Warne added to his legend as captain and coach of Rajasthan Royals, the team that won the championship. Warne was known both on and off the field for his flamboyant personality, but he was also successful as a commentator and a respected analyst.
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