Cricket-Warne’s family “shattered” by his death, manager

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

March 6, 2022

By Lydia Kelly

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

One of the best bowling players of all time, whose talent and personality transcended cricket, Warne died on Friday at the age of 52 of an alleged heart attack, a day after arriving on holiday on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

“The three children are completely shocked,” Erskine told Nine Network’s Morning Today program on Sunday. “I spoke to them yesterday and … Jackson just said, ‘We hope you come in the door. That’s like a bad dream. “

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

Thai police said Warne experienced chest pain before his death and had asthma and some heart problems. They were not treating his death as a suspect.

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

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

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

Accredited for reviving the art of leg turning, Warne made his test debut in 1992 against India, embarking on a 15-year international career.

Warne was ranked as one of the top five players of the 20th century by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, but the cunning spinner’s tough life also made him tabloid headlines.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard)

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