How did Shane Warne die? Australian legend dies in Thailand of suspected heart attack, latest news, updates
New details have emerged following the shock death of Australian cricketing legend and the greatest soccer player of all time, Shane Warne, 52.
The tall 708-Test teller was found unresponsive by friends at a villa he was staying in Koh Samui, Thailand.
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According to sun heraldattempts by Warne’s close friend and associate, Andrew Neophitou, to revive him failed.
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-storey villa in the Samujan complex at 5 p.m. local time on Friday.
“Shane’s friends were already trying to bring him back to life.
“I took care of the CPR while we waited for an ambulance.
“They were desperate. I think one was crying. They were really stressed and panicked.
“They kept trying to wake him up and I heard someone say, ‘Come on, Shane. Come on, Shane.
“I could see they were all shocked and I just tried to concentrate and do my best.
“There were about four or five other people in the room. All the men, there were no women.
“The villa was clean and I didn’t see any beer or cigarettes inside.
“There was nothing unusual that made me think they had partied. I didn’t know when I arrived it was Shane Warne. But I know who he is, he’s a star.
“I did my best for him and gave all my energy. I’m really sorry that I couldn’t help him.
Thai authorities were preparing on Sunday to carry out an autopsy before taking 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 pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and to the country,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“Details will be finalized in (the) next few days.”
Bangkok Post reported that bloodstains were found on the floor of Warne’s bedroom as well as on bath towels and pillows.
Pol Maj Gen Satit Polpinit, Surat Thani Provincial Police Commander, told a Thai newspaper Matichon that Warne had “spit up fluid and was bleeding” when the CPR began.
Warne’s manager, James Erskine, said Neophitou tried to perform CPR before the ambulance arrived to take Warne to hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile, ambulance team leader Phet Boonrak reportedly told 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 moved him to the floor to attempt CPR. In the bedroom there was vomit on the floor but no signs of injury.
Neophitou was an executive producer behind the recently released documentary SHANE.
Staff at the Thai International Hospital told AFP in Bangkok that Warne’s body was transported around 6:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) from Samujana Villas, a luxury resort in northeast Koh Samui.
“No foul play was suspected at the scene based on our investigation,” 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 Remembering Shane Warne tribute on Fox Cricket.
“They had only arrived the day before.
“They were going out for 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 going to be late’ and then realized something he had wrong.
Erskine later revealed on Channel 9’s Today program that Warne had traveled to Thailand in a bid to get fit and had just completed a strict 14-day diet.
“He went on these kind of ridiculous diets, and he had just finished one, where he basically ate only liquids for 14 days and he had done that three or four times,” Erskine said.
“It was a little all or nothing. It was either white rolls with butter and stuffed lasagna in the middle, or it would have 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 on Saturday night that Warne had experienced chest pains before his death in Thailand, adding that he had a medical history of asthma and heart problems.
Yuttana Sirisombat, superintendent of Bo Phut police station in Koh Samui, told reporters that Warne had recently “seen doctors regarding a heart condition before his death”.
Sirisombat added “no drug substances were detected in Warne’s body”.
Warne’s body is set to be moved to Surat Thani on the Thai mainland on Sunday for a formal autopsy despite requests from his family to expedite his return to Australia.
The news is the second devastating blow to Australian cricket in 24 hours with fellow Australian Rod Marsh, who also died on Friday after suffering a major heart attack last week.
Just hours before his death was made public, Warne tweeted his sadness over the death of Marsh who was one of his cricketing idols.
Warne, credited with reviving the art of the leg spin, was part of a dominant Australian Test team in the 1990s and 2000s and helped his country win the 1999 World Cup in the limited series.
Australia captain Pat Cummins, who is currently captaining the side on a tour of Pakistan, said Warne was “a hero” to the current generation of cricketers.
“The loss that we are all trying to come to terms with is huge,” he said in a video message. “The game was never the same after Warnie emerged, and the game will never be the same after his passing.” Warne’s invaluable impact was reflected in his inclusion in a list of Wisden cricketers of the 20th century, alongside Donald Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Jack Hobbs and Viv Richards.
Bursting onto the scene as a brash young player with a mop of blonde hair, Warne became almost as well known for a 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 leg jumps, googlies, flippers and his own ‘zooters’, Warne retired from Australia in 2007 after a 5-0 series win at home against England, its great rival.
He bowled 145 Tests in total over a 15-year career, taking 708 wickets, and was also a useful lower-order batsman, with a highest Test score of 99.
In addition to his international exploits, Warne also enjoyed a successful career with his Australian national team Victoria.
And although his private life effectively prevented him from captaining Australia, for all his recognized tactical acumen, Warne was the skipper of English county side Hampshire.
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Following his international retirement, Warne continued to play on the Twenty20 franchise circuit, appearing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and his hometown Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League before quitting playing altogether.
He went on to become a highly regarded television commentator and pundit known for his outspoken opinions.
Warne has also been involved in team training – most recently at London Spirit in England’s new Hundred competition – and he has also worked one-on-one with current leg spinners.
Warne was divorced from his wife Simone Callahan, with whom he had three children. He also had a highly publicized relationship with British actress Liz Hurley.
India’s big hitter Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Twitter of his ex-rival: “Shocked, stunned and miserable… Gonna miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you. I will always cherish our duels on the pitch and our jokes off the pitch.
Former Australian teammate Adam Gilchirst wrote: “Numb. The highlight of my cricketing career was guarding the wicket for Warnie. The best seat in the house to watch the maestro at work. Former England Test player Kevin Pietersen, a great friend who had many on-field duels with Warne, said ‘#RIPKing’ with a number of crying emojis as the tributes poured in – including Richards and Muralitharan from Sri Lanka.
Warne is survived by his three children Brooke, Summer and Jackson.