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Warne’s family ‘broken’ by his death – manager

MELBOURNE, Australia/SURAT THANI, Thailand, March 6 (Reuters) – Shane Warne’s family has been “broken” by the sudden death of the great Australian cricketer, and his children are “in complete shock”, his manager longtime star James Erskine said on Sunday as the player’s body was taken in for an autopsy.

One of the greatest bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended cricket, Warne died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52 on Friday, a day after arriving on the Thai island of Koh Samui for vacation. Read more

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

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

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

Warne was listed as one of the five greatest players of the 20th century by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, but the tricky spinner’s difficult life often made tabloid headlines. Read more

Thai police said Warne had suffered chest pains before his death and suffered from asthma and heart problems. They weren’t treating his death as suspicious.

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


On Sunday, Warne’s body, flanked by the Australian ambassador and local police, arrived in the southern town of Surat Thani for an autopsy after a 90-minute ferry ride from Koh Samui.

Police said there was no indication that the cause of his death was not a heart attack.

“Based on the evidence, we see no other possible cause of death,” said Yutthana Srisombat, Bo Phut Police Superintendent.

“His friends have also said he has had chest pains since he was in Australia, but we still need an autopsy result to find out the real cause of death.”

Erskine said Warne was known for his extremes.

“He went on these ridiculous diets, and he had just finished one,” Erskine said.

“It was kind of hit or miss. It was either white rolls with butter and stuffed lasagna in the middle, or he was drinking black and green juices.”

He said “obviously” Warne smoked most of his life. In Melbourne, some of the tributes paid to Warne’s statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground were cigarettes.

“I think it was just a massive heart attack,” Erskine said.

Thai police interrogated Warne’s traveling companions for information. Warne was discovered unconscious in his bedroom at a villa he shared with three associates in the Bo Phut area of ​​the popular holiday island.

“We really want to bring Shane home,” Andrew Neophitou, one of the friends, told reporters. “That’s all we want to do.”

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Additional reporting by Jiraporn Kuhakan on Koh Samui; Written by Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard and Christopher Cushing

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