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Cricket-Warne’s family ‘shattered’ by his death – manager

Tributes to cricketer Shane Warne are seen outside Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne
Tributes to cricketer Shane Warne are seen outside Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, March 5, 2022. AAP Image/Joel Carrett via REUTERS

March 6, 2022

By Lidia Kelly

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Shane Warne’s family has been “shattered” by the sudden death of the Australian cricketer and his children are in “complete shock”, his longtime manager James Erskine said on Sunday.

Warne, one of the greatest bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended cricket, died of a suspected heart attack on Friday aged 52, a day after arriving on the Thai island of Koh Samui for a holiday.

“The three children are in complete shock,” Erskine said on Nine Network’s Today morning show on Sunday. “I spoke to them yesterday and … Jackson just said, ‘We’re expecting him to come in the door. It’s like a bad dream’.”

Warne had Jackson, Summer and Brooke with Simone Callahan, to whom he was married for 10 years until they divorced in 2005.

Thai police said Warne had chest pains and had asthma and some heart problems before his death. They did not treat his death as suspicious.

“Keith, Shane’s father, is a pretty strong person, but like everyone, he’s just devastated, they can’t believe what happened,” Erskine said.

Thai police questioned Warne’s traveling companions for information and said Warne’s body would be transferred to Surat Thani on the mainland for an autopsy on Sunday.

“We really just want to bring Shane home,” said Andrew Neophitou, one of the friends who holidayed with him, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. “That’s all we want to do.”

Credited with reviving the art of leg spin, Warne made his Test debut against India in 1992, launching a 15-year international career.

Warne was ranked as one of the five greatest players of the 20th century by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, but the wily weirdo’s hard life often made tabloid headlines.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard)

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