Tributes are pouring in for cricket legend Shane Warne, who has died of a suspected heart attack in his villa in Thailand, aged 52.

Shane Warne, former captain of the Australian National Team and one of the greatest bowlers in history, has died of a suspected heart attack, aged 52. At the time of his death, Warne was residing in Koh Samui, Thailand, where he was administered immediate aid but could be revived.

A statement released by his management 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.”

Born in 1969, Warne was largely revered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history. In 2000, he was the only specialist bowler to have been included among the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century. 

At 708 test wickets, Warne also held the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in test cricket, until it was broken in 2007 by Muralitharan. He retired from all forms of the game in 2013.

As news of his demise spread, tributes have poured in from fans and fellow players alike.

“Heartbroken to wake to news of the death of @ShaneWarne – heart was what he was all about; a huge heart and, of course, matchlessly dazzling skill with a cricket ball. He single-handedly (wristedly) put the art of spin back where it belonged – at the top of cricket. A true great.” said Stephen Fry in a tweet.

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Sir Vivian Richards tweeted: “Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true… Rest In Peace, @ShaneWarne. There are no words to describe what I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket.” 

“Shocked, stunned & miserable… Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on field duels & off field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you. Gone too young!” said Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Hours before his passing, Warne had remembered fellow cricketer Rod Marsh in a tweet, expressing grief at his passing.

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