How did Shane Warne die? Aussie legend dies in Thailand after suspected heart attack, latest news updates
New details have emerged following the shock death of Australian cricket legend and greatest leg spinner of all time, Shane Warne, aged 52.
The 708 Test Wicket Great was found unresponsive by friends at a villa where he was staying in Koh Samui, Thailand.
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According to the Herald SunAttempts by Warne’s close friend and collaborator Andrew Neophitou to revive him were unsuccessful.
Warne died shortly after ordering a new suit and calling two Thai masseuses to his holiday villa, police said yesterday.
Paramedic Anuch Han-iam said Warne was unresponsive when he and a colleague arrived at the two-story villa at the Samujan resort at 5 p.m. local time on Friday.
“Shane’s friends were already trying to bring him back to life.
“I did CPR while we were waiting for an ambulance.
“They were desperate. I think someone cried. They were really stressed and in a panic.
“They kept trying to wake him up and I heard someone say, ‘Come on Shane. Come on Shane’.
“I could see they were all in shock and I was just trying to focus and do my best.
“There were about four or five other people in the room. All men, there were no women.
“The villa was clean and I didn’t see any beer or cigarettes inside.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary that made me think they were celebrating. When I arrived I didn’t know it was Shane Warne. But I know who he is, he’s a star.
“I gave my best for him and gave all my energy. I’m so sorry I couldn’t help him.”
Thai authorities prepared an autopsy on Sunday before flying him home where he will receive a state funeral, which was accepted by his family on Sunday evening.
“It will be an opportunity for Victorians to recognize his contribution to his sport, our state and the country,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.
“Details will be finalized in (the) coming days.”
The Bangkok Post reported that bloodstains were found on the floor of Warne’s room, as well as on bath towels and pillows.
Pol Maj Gen Satit Polpinit, commander of Surat Thani provincial police, told the Thai newspaper Matichon that Warne “had coughed up fluid and was bleeding” when CPR began.
Warne’s manager James Erskine said Neophitou attempted to perform CPR before the ambulance arrived to take Warne to hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile, Phet Boonrak, the leader of the rescue team, was quoted as telling Thai media that Neophitou performed CPR for 20 minutes.
“His friends were so shocked,” he said.
“They said they found him unconscious on the bed and took him to the floor to attempt CPR. There was vomit on the floor in the room but no signs of injury.”
Neophitou was executive producer of the recently released documentary SHANE.
Staff at Thai International Hospital in Bangkok told AFP that Warne’s body was brought to their facility around 18:00 local time (1100 GMT) from Samujana Villas, a luxury resort in northeast Koh Samui.
“Based on our investigation, no foul play was suspected at the scene,” Thai police told AFP.
Erskine revealed Warne was in Thailand at the start of three months after spending the summer working for Fox Cricket on the Ashes.
“Shane had three months off and that was the start,” he told the tribute to Remembering Shane Warne on Fox Cricket.
“They had only arrived the night before.
“They were going to go have a drink at 5 p.m. and[Neophitou]knocked on his door at 5:15 p.m. because Warnie was always on time and said, ‘Come on, you’re late,’ and then he realized something was wrong.”
Erskine later revealed to Channel 9’s Today Show that Warne had traveled to Thailand to get back in shape and had just finished a strict 14-day diet.
“He was on these ridiculous diets, and he just finished one where he was basically just drinking fluids for 14 days, and he’d done that three or four times,” Erskine said.
“It was a bit all or nothing. It was either white buns filled with butter and lasagne in the middle, or black and green juices.
“He obviously smoked most of his life (but) I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. I think that’s what happened.”
Thai police said Saturday night Warne experienced chest pains before his death in Thailand, adding that he had a medical history of asthma and heart problems.
Yuttana Sirisombat, superintendent at Bo Phut Police Station on Koh Samui, told reporters Warne recently “seeked doctors for a heart condition before his death”.
Sirisombat added: “No drug substance has been detected in Warne’s body”.
Warne’s body is due to be transferred to Surat Thani on the Thai mainland for an official autopsy on Sunday, despite pleas from his family to expedite the return to Australia.
The news is the second devastating blow to Australian cricket in 24 hours, with fellow great Rod Marsh also dying on Friday after suffering a massive heart attack last week.
Just hours before his death was made public, Warne tweeted his sadness at the death of Marsh, who was one of his cricket idols.
Credited with reviving the art of leg spin, Warne was part of a dominant Australian Test team in the 1990s and 2000s and helped his country win the 1999 Limited-Over World Cup.
Australia captain Pat Cummins, who is currently leading the team on a tour of Pakistan, said Warne was “a hero” to the current generation of cricketers.
“The loss we are all trying to deal with is huge,” he said in a video message. “The game was never the same after Warnie came along, and the game will never be the same after his death.” Warne’s invaluable influence was reflected in his inclusion in a list of 20th Century Wisden Cricketers alongside Donald Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Jack Hobbs and Viv Richards.
Bursting onto the scene as a brash young player with a shock of blonde hair, Warne became almost as well known for his colorful life away from cricket as he was for his exploits on the pitch.
The first bowler to win 700 Test wickets with an assortment of broken legs, googlies, fins and his own ‘zooters’, Warne retired from Australia duty in 2007 after a 5-0 home win over arch-rivals England.
He made a total of 145 Tests over his 15-year career, winning 708 wickets and was also a useful low-order batsman with a highest Test score of 99.
In addition to his international successes, Warne also had a successful career with his Australian state club Victoria.
And while his personal life effectively kept him from captaining Australia, for all his acknowledged tactical acumen, Warne was skipper of England county team Hampshire.
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Following his international retirement, Warne continued to play in the Twenty20 franchise circuit, playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and for his hometown Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League before quitting playing altogether.
He subsequently became a highly respected television commentator and pundit known for his outspoken opinions.
Warne has also been involved in team coaching – most recently at London Spirit in England’s new Hundred competition – and he has also worked individually with current leg spinners.
Warne was divorced from wife Simone Callahan, with whom he had three children. He also had a high-profile relationship with British actress Liz Hurley.
Indian batting champion Sachin Tendulkar wrote of his ex-rival on Twitter: “Shocked, stunned and unhappy… I will miss you Warnie. With you it was never boring. We will always cherish our duels on the field and our banter off the field.”
Former Australian teammate Adam Gilchirst wrote: “Numb. The pinnacle of my cricket career was keeping the wicket to Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the Maestro at work.” Former England test player Kevin Pietersen, a good friend who has had numerous on-pitch tackles with Warne, said “#RIPKing” along with a series of crying emojis as the Honors poured in – including from Richards and Muralitharan of Sri Lanka
Warne is survived by his three children, Brooke, Summer and Jackson.
Portions of this article were originally published by The Sun and republished with permission.