The world of sport pays tribute to Shane Warne
The world of sport has been saddened with the news that Australian cricketer Shane Warne has died aged 52, Fox Sports reported on Friday.
Fox said that Warne's management had released a brief statement that he passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement said.
“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course."
Warne took 708 Test wickets for Australia across a 15-year career, making him the second-highest wicket-taker of all time in the longest format.
He played in 145 Tests and 194 ODIs, and retired from international cricket in 2007.
Warne's passing came shortly after confirmation of the death of Rod Marsh – another Australia great – at the age of 74.
Warne had paid tribute to Marsh on Twitter, posting: "Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game and an inspiration to so many young boys and girls.
"Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate."
Tributes roll in for the Australian fast bowler
Shortly after the news broke relating to Warne's death, the outpouring of sadness was immediate on social media platforms with leading personalities from the world of cricket and other sports paying tributes to the spin bowler.