Australian cricket star Shane Warne's passing at 52 has shocked and saddened the cricketing community worldwide.
Warne's management issued a statement early Saturday morning (AEST) confirming his death, citing a "suspected heart attack" as the cause.
Many of Warne's previous international opponents and some of the biggest names in sports took to social media almost immediately to pay tribute and express their shock at the news.
His generosity and unique personality won the hearts of so many Aussies. He was well aware of his flaws, after all. He carried the weight of his many successes and failures with the same sincerity and modesty.
Many could relate to Shane Warne, but his commitment, professionalism, talent, and extraordinariness as a cricketer set him apart.
“Apart from the wickets he took and the games he helped Australia win, what he accomplished was to draw so many people to the sport, and for that, he will always be remembered as a once-in-a-century cricketer. Many of our support staff either played with or against him, and he inspired many of us in the playing group who grew up admiring him and falling in love with this amazing sport. With Rod Marsh's passing yesterday and Shane's today, Australian cricket has been dreadful.”
"Cricket lost a legend, and a generation lost a hero. Many of us have lost a friend and confidant whose companionship and generosity will always be remembered with love. We will miss him tremendously."
“Shane Warne was a great cricketing legend who helped bring back leg-spin and revolutionised the sport. Fans were glued to their seats whenever he was on the pitch because of his oversized character, remarkable talent, and vast cricketing intelligence.”
“I'm going to miss you, Shane Warne. On and off the pitch, there was never a dull moment because of your presence. I'll always remember the battles we fought and the jokes we shared. You've always had a soft spot for India, and the people of India have always returned the sentiment. Idle no more!”
“Truthfully, I didn't see that coming at all. We should cherish every second because of life's uncertainty and fleeting nature. His untimely death at the age of 52 came as a shock. I stare at you in utter surprise and wonder. We spent time together away from the pitch as well. Shane Warne always said it like it was. He enjoyed life like a king. He is undoubtedly the finest spinner the game has ever seen. He will be greatly missed.”
“I can't even begin to summarise this mess. My friend has disappeared! The world has lost one of its finest athletes.”
Legendary Australian spinner and cricket legend Shane Warne passed away on 4th March, 2022 from a "suspected heart attack." Cricket fans worldwide have expressed their sadness at the passing of a true legend of the sport. His performance and memories will remain with his fans.
Why did Shane Warne pass away?
According to his death certificate, atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries ultimately killed Shane Warne.
What makes Shane Warne such a hero?
Warne reached four figures in all formats for Australia, getting 293 wickets in one-day internationals. Warne's top score in a Test match was 99, and he amassed the most runs by a batsman who did not get a century in a Test match.
When did Shane Warne start having heart problems?
Asthma and heart problems were already part of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne's medical background, and those symptoms likely contributed to his death. Warne, 52, passed away on 4th March, 2022, at a villa in Koh Samui from a heart attack.