CONFIRMED: Warne died of ‘natural causes’ as family break silence

CONFIRMED: Warne died of ‘natural causes’ as family break silence

The late Warne’s management released a statement in the early hours of Saturday (AEDT) saying that he passed away after being found unresponsive in a villa he was staying at in Koh Samui.

According to Thai police, his autopsy has indeed revealed that he died of “natural causes”.

His family have now issued a statement as his parents, brother Jason, three children Brooke, Jackson and Summer, and ex-wife Simone Callahan paid tribute to the legendary cricketer.

Warne’s parents Keith and Brigette said: “The night of the 4th of March 2022 is when a never-ending nightmare began for our family, for that is the date we lost our much loved and admired son, father, brother and uncle, Shane Keith Warne a tragedy we will never come to terms with.

“To find words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable, hopefully the mountain of happy memories we all have will help us cope with our ongoing grief.”

Shane’s eldest daughter Brooke, 24, and her brother Jackson described their dad as the “best father”.

Brooke said: “We were so similar in so many ways and I always used to joke that I got your genes and about how much that annoyed me!

“Well now I couldn’t be happier and prouder that I have your genes. I am lucky and will forever be so proud to call you my Dad forever. I love you to infinity and back and I will miss you forever.”

Jackson added: “Sitting at the poker table, walking around the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza is never going to be the same.

“But I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. You just wanted me to be happy, that’s it.

“So that’s what I’m going to do, try and be happy. I am going to miss you so much Dad and you were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for.”

Former wife Simone added in reference to Warne: “(He) who brings a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

Tom Hall – chief executive of The Sporting News website – was staying at the resort in Koh Samui, Thailand, and reiterated that there were “no unusual circumstances” surrounding the death of Warne.

Hall said none of Warne’s travelling companions were aware of him visiting a doctor, though he had complained to a friend of “some chest pains and shortness of breath.”

“He knew he was a bit overweight and was getting back into training harder. His travel companions from Australia did everything they could, the local ambulance crews got there fast.”