Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has passed away on Friday, aged 52, of a suspected heart attack. Warne’s management released a statement that said that the former leg-spinner was at a villa in Thailand when the doctors unsuccessfully tried to revive him.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa, and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course,” the statement read as quoted by Fox Cricket.
As soon as the news of Warne’s sad demise spread across, cricketers from across the globe took to social media to mourn the loss.
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma took to Twitter and expressed his shock and disappointment. He wrote: “I’m truly lost for words here, this is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us. RIP Shane Warne….still can’t believe it.”
I’m truly lost for words here, this is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us. RIP Shane Warne….still can’t believe it
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 4, 2022
Former India cricketer VVS Laxman felt it was shocking and beyond words before terming Warne as a legend of the game.
“This is absolutely unbelievable. Shocked beyond words. A legend and one of the greatest players ever to grace the game.. Gone too soon… Condolences to his family and friends,” tweeted Laxman.
This is absolutely unbelievable. Shocked beyond words. A legend and one of the greatest players ever to grace the game..
Gone too soon… Condolences to his family and friends. https://t.co/UBjIayR5cW
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 4, 2022
Former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommy Mbangwa expressed his shock and wrote: “Oh dear! I can’t believe it!! So sad Condolences.#RIPShaneWarne.”
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) March 4, 2022
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag extended his condolences to Warne’s family, friends, and fans and said he couldn’t believe that Warne is no more.
“Cannot believe it. One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more. Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world,” tweeted Sehwag.
Cannot believe it.
One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more.
Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world. pic.twitter.com/f7FUzZBaYX
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 4, 2022
Legendary West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian Richards reckoned the incident as shocking and termed Warne’s demise as a huge loss for world cricket.
“Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true…Rest In Peace, @ShaneWarne. There are no words to describe what I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket,” tweeted Richards.
Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can't be true…
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) March 4, 2022
Here is how others reacted:
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 4, 2022
Very few can match their attitude with raw talent. #ShaneWarne made bowling look like magic! RIP
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 4, 2022
Life is so fickle and unpredictable. I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport and also a person I got to know off the field. RIP #goat. Greatest to turn the cricket ball. pic.twitter.com/YtOkiBM53q
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 4, 2022
Absolutely shocked and gutted to hear about @ShaneWarne legend and friend. Just Can’t believe it.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) March 4, 2022
At loss of words to hear about the demise of our cricketing legend Shane Warne, he was always magical on the field. May peace be with you. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. #ShaneWarne 🙏
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 4, 2022
Horrendous news. RIP Warney 😭
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) March 4, 2022
Middlesex Cricket is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Shane Warne.
The greatest exponent of spin bowling the game has ever seen.
— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) March 4, 2022
Extremely sad day for cricket. An all time great and a modern day legend, Shane Warne has passed away. Tweeted in the morning about passing away of Rodney Marsh, and a few hours later , the great man has passed. Prayers for the soul and condolences to his loved ones.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) March 4, 2022
Terribly shocked and saddened to hear the news of legendary spinner Shane Warne passing away. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti 🙏
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 4, 2022
Sad, speechless, and completely shocked. An incredible loss to cricket. I have no words. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the sport. Rest in Peace, Shane Warne. Sending my condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/wO7VenwVSD
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 4, 2022
In great disbelief…😔💔 pic.twitter.com/2eVzr16GPS
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 4, 2022
RIP 💔💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/MIcsBEjfL6
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) March 4, 2022
Shane Warne … Really !!!!! ☹️
Tell me it's not true please
— DK (@DineshKarthik) March 4, 2022
A master of his craft, an icon of our sport.
Rest in Peace, Shane Warne. 💔 pic.twitter.com/uszZwLtTTG
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 4, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) March 4, 2022
Oh gosh. Unbelievable. Gone too soon. Way too soon. R.I.P., Legend. World of cricket will be poorer in your absence. #ShaneWarne
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 4, 2022
"Whenever he came to the wicket, change came over the game of Cricket"
My mind just cannot accept that Shane Warne is no more. Gone too soon.. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends..RIP Warnie 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/YgfvY1WaS0
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 4, 2022
In utter disbelief and shocked pic.twitter.com/Loroq7f8n4
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) March 4, 2022
There are no words. A hero growing up and the greatest player I ever played against. I can’t believe it.
My thoughts are with his loved ones. https://t.co/NEN2VwbUtJ
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 4, 2022
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 4, 2022
Oh God! This is terrible news. Shocking!!#Shanewarne
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 4, 2022
Australian Legend@rajasthanroyals Legend
Was an honour to know you and work with you
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 4, 2022
Shocked to hear about Shane Warne's departure. Shared some wonderful years with him during the start of my career. Rest in peace, legend!
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) March 4, 2022
One of the greatest to ever play our game.
An inspiration, to so many.
RIP, Shane Warne. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WrqeoTkXoR
— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) March 4, 2022
Just completely and utterly shocked. Shane Warne, aged just 52, has died. Lost for words.
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 4, 2022
Just heard the devastating news about legendary Shane Warne passing away. No words to describe how shocked & sad i am.
What a legend. What a man. What a cricketer. pic.twitter.com/4C8veEBFWS
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 4, 2022
Noooooo #shanewarne cannot believe what I am reading
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) March 4, 2022
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 4, 2022
One of the greatest of all-time.
A legend. A genius.
You changed Cricket.
RIP Shane Warne ❤️ pic.twitter.com/YX91zmssoT
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 4, 2022
Shocked is an understatement.. very privileged to have met, played with and spent time with one of, if not the greatest of all time cricketers. He brought the game into our living rooms as a kid growing up, his character and skill was unparalleled! devastated RIP SHANE
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) March 4, 2022