The late, great Shane Warne was at the start of a three-month break when he was tragically found unresponsive in a Thai resort. The legendary former spinner is said to have died of a suspected heart attack aged just 52 in Thailand, on Friday, sending the sports world into mourning after learning of the tragedy.
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.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement reads.
“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
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 Warne’s death.
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.”
Warne’s body was taken for an autopsy on Sunday. Thai police declined to comment on the likely cause of death but were not treating it as suspicious.
According to the Herald Sun, Warne’s close friend Andrew Neophitou – who was an executive producer of the documentary ‘SHANE’ – was unable to revive the former cricketer.
Warne’s manager James Erskine revealed Warne was in Thailand at the beginning of a three-month break following his work as a broadcaster during the recent Ashes series.
“I got a phone call at 10.37 last night from our guy in Melbourne called Andrew Neophitou, who was actually with Shane in Thailand,” Erskine told Fox Cricket.
“Shane had sort of decided he was going to have three months off and in fact he wanted a year off, and I said ‘there’s no way you can have a year off, they would’ve forgotten you by a year,’ so he decided to have three months off.
“They had only arrived the night before. They were going to go out for a drink at 5 o’clock, and (Neophitou) knocked on his door at 5.15pm because Warnie was always on time and said “come on you’re going to be late” and then realised something was wrong.
“And he turned him over and gave him CPR and mouth to mouth, which lasted about 20 minutes and then the ambulance came.
“They took him to the hospital, which was about a 20-minute drive and I got a phone call about 45 minutes later saying he was pronounced dead.”
Staff at the Thai International Hospital told AFP in Bangkok that Warne’s body was taken to their facility around 6:00 pm local time (11:00 GMT) from Samujana Villas, a luxury resort in the northeast of Koh Samui.