Shane Warne, Australia cricket legendary leg-spinner died of a heart attack on Friday aged 52 despite frantic attempts from four of his friends who battled for 20 minutes to save his life, according to Thai police.
Shane Warne was staying in a villa in the resort of Koh Samui in Thailand with his friends where he was found unconscious and did not respond when one of his friends tried to wake him up for food at around 5 pm local time. They then performed CPR for 20 minutes before the arrival of the ambulance that took the former Aussie cricketer to the Thai International Hospital, where he was eventually pronounced dead.
Shane Warne Died Of Heart Attack Despite 4 Friends Performing CPR For 20 Minutes
Shane Warne represented Australia in international cricket for 15 years as he retired in 2007. Shane Warne was 52 years old. He is regarded as one of the legends in spin cricket. The leg spinner played for Australia from 1992 to 2007. Shane Warne also helped Australia to win ODI World Cup 1999. With 1001 international wickets across formats, he is the 2nd highest wicket-taker of all time.
Police Senior Sergeant Major Suporn Hemruangsree confirmed the news: “Police received a report about somebody who died at the Thai International Hospital so we went and asked the hotel, and found out that the deceased was with four other friends and died in the room.”
“In the villa, the people were sleeping in separate rooms. They were sleeping from afternoon to evening, until about 5pm. At 5pm somebody came to call out this person for dinner but the deceased did not respond so they called three other friends to perform CPR for 20 minutes. They waited for the ambulance to come.”
“The doctor announced the death of the person at 6:53pm. Police went and checked the room and there was no sign of intrusion or possessions being searched through. The body was sent for an autopsy at Koh Samui Hospital.”
4 friends performed CPR for 20 minutes before the arrival of the ambulance that took Shane Warne to the Thai International Hospital, where he was eventually pronounced dead.
Shane Warne played for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) between 2008-10. He was the side’s captain, while he also happened to be its coach. He led the side to title glory during the inaugural edition in 2008, thus becoming the first-ever and the only captain-cum-coach to win the IPL to date.
Shane Warne Paid Tribute To Rodney Marsh In His Last Tweet
Shane Warne’s death was announced just 12 hours after world cricket lost Australia’s great wicket-keeper Rodney Marsh, who also died of cardiac arrest. In his last tweet, Shane Warne had paid tribute to the former Australia cricketer, who died at the age of 74.
He had written, “Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game and an inspiration to so many young boys and girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots and lots of love to Ros and the family. RIP mate.”
Nicknamed “Iron Gloves”, Rodney Marsh played 92 ODIs apart from 96 Tests and as a dashing left-hander was the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a Test century against Pakistan in 1982.
Earlier in the same day (Friday), another Australian legend, Rodney Marsh, breathed his last, aged 74. The wicketkeeper batter, who played 96 Tests and was later a long-time national selector, was in an induced coma. He passed away peacefully in an Adelaide hospital on Friday morning.
Barely 12 hours before the news of Shane Warne’s death broke at 7 pm India time, he had tweeted his condolences mourning the death of another Aussie great, wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh. Now, on the same platform, friends and adversaries were tweeting in shock about Shane Warne’s death.