Elizabeth Hurley breaks her silence on ex-fiancé Shane Warne's death

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Elizabeth Hurley broke her silence on the death of her ex-fiancé Shane Ward on Instagram on Saturday – a day after he died of a ‘massive heart attack.’ 

Sharing a selection of pictures of them in happier times, the actress wrote: ‘I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart @shanewarne23.’

Warne, who died suddenly from a ‘massive heart attack’ while on holiday in Thailand, explained to journalist Sales how he wanted ‘to become a better person’ at the time he began dating English actress Elizabeth Hurley in 2010.   

'RIP my beloved Lionheart': Elizabeth Hurley broke her silence on ex-fiancé Shane Warne's death following a 'heart attack' age 52 - taking to Instagram on Saturday

Ex-fiancé: The famed cricketer and the English actress, 56, dated for three years before splitting in 2013

‘RIP my beloved Lionheart’: Elizabeth Hurley broke her silence on ex-fiancé Shane Warne’s death following a ‘heart attack’ age 52 – taking to Instagram on Saturday

Tribute: Sharing a selection of pictures of them in happier times, the actress wrote: 'I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart @shanewarne23.'

Tribute: Sharing a selection of pictures of them in happier times, the actress wrote: ‘I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart @shanewarne23.’

Warne and Elizabeth Hurley first got together in late 2010, before Warne popped the question to the Austin Powers actress in September 2011, but they sadly split in 2013.

He said of the romance in 2018: ‘Who knows what the future holds. There’s a difference between in love with someone and loving someone. I’ll always love Elizabeth but I don’t think we’ll ever get back together.’

Warne’s words came after he branded his romance with Elizabeth as being the ‘happiest time of his life.’

He told the Mirror: ‘I was more in love with Elizabeth than I’d realised I could be. I miss the love we had. My years with Elizabeth were the happiest of my life.’

The cricketer reflected back on his romance with Elizabeth, saying: ‘When we were together we both had a great time. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.

‘It wasn’t something that she or I did wrong, it just fizzled out. We’re still great friends, we still stay in touch, we’re good for each other and our kids get along great.’

Happier days: The father-of-three previously told The Mirror that the years he spent with Elizabeth were the 'happiest of his life'

Happier days: The father-of-three previously told The Mirror that the years he spent with Elizabeth were the ‘happiest of his life’

Love: He said: 'I was more in love with Elizabeth than I'd realised I could be. I miss the love we had. My years with Elizabeth were the happiest of my life'

Love: He said: ‘I was more in love with Elizabeth than I’d realised I could be. I miss the love we had. My years with Elizabeth were the happiest of my life’

Elizabeth previously dated fellow actor Hugh Grant for eight years, and despite splitting in 2000 the exes remained close.

Warne touched on the jealousy he experienced due to how close Liz and Hugh were.

The Spin King found it especially hard given the, at times, long-distance nature of Shane and Liz’s relationship and explained that became a factor in their break-up.

‘The long periods apart were too difficult. The more you’re apart, the more you ask questions. I got jumpy about the time Elizabeth spent with Hugh Grant, for example,’ he admitted.

In a 2020 Foxtel docu-series A Week With Warnie, the cricketer revealed how the ‘circus’ surrounding their PDA-filled romance relationship ‘got scary’.

The sportsman recalled seven cars and a helicopter following their every move, when Elizabeth visited him in Melbourne in 2011, after six months of dating.

‘We tried to keep things as normal as possible but it got scary,’ Shane began.

‘Some of these rogue photographers trying to get exclusives – I remember my youngest daughter Summer screaming in the back seat, “Dad, dad slow down”. Cars jumping in front of us, running red lights.’

The cricketer recalled attempting to enjoy a quiet meal with Elizabeth, at the Capitol Golf Club in Melbourne, only to be followed by seven cars and a helicopter.

‘We couldn’t go anywhere else because we’d just get 30-40 people, photographers, news crews, everywhere we went.

‘We had seven cars following us and a helicopter over our head just following us, running red lights, cutting off in front of us,’ he continued.

Shane also revealed that fans left golf clubs outside his front door, hoping that the British bombshell would sign them.

Reflection: The cricketer reflected back on his romance with Elizabeth, saying: 'When we were together we both had a great time. Unfortunately it didn't work out'

Reflection: The cricketer reflected back on his romance with Elizabeth, saying: ‘When we were together we both had a great time. Unfortunately it didn’t work out’

Break-up: The Spin King found it especially hard given the, at times, long-distance nature of Shane and Liz's relationship and explained that became a factor in their break-up

Break-up: The Spin King found it especially hard given the, at times, long-distance nature of Shane and Liz’s relationship and explained that became a factor in their break-up

All smiles: The sportsman recalled seven cars and a helicopter following their every move, when Elizabeth visited him in Melbourne in 2011, after six months of dating

All smiles: The sportsman recalled seven cars and a helicopter following their every move, when Elizabeth visited him in Melbourne in 2011, after six months of dating

Warne during his relationship with actress Elizabeth Hurley at an event in England, 2012

Warne during his relationship with actress Elizabeth Hurley at an event in England, 2012

It comes after chilling new details have emerged about the moments before Shane Warne’s sudden death at a luxury Thai villa on Friday evening as local police rule out foul play.

On a Fox Sport special, Remembering Shane Warne, his long-time friend and manager James Erskine revealed the moment his colleague Andrew Neophitou found the cricket legend. 

‘Shane had sort of decided he was going to have three months off,’ Erskine told the program.

‘He wanted a year off, and I said ‘there’s no way you can have a year off, they would’ve forgotten you by a year,’ so he decided to have three months off.

‘And this was just the start of it, and they’d only arrived the day or night before.’

It’s believed Neophitou was in the room next door to Warne at the luxury Samujana Villas on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

They were there with Gareth Edwards, who runs Warne’s website, and Warne’s friend John Dopere, general manager of the Villas.

Warne with his former wife, Simone Callahan. The pair were married for 10 years and had three children together - Jackson, Brooke and Summer

Warne with his former wife, Simone Callahan. The pair were married for 10 years and had three children together – Jackson, Brooke and Summer 

Shane Warne's daughter Brooke Warne, 24, is seen for the first time since her father's death

She spent the day with her mother and Shane's ex-wife Simone before returning home with partner Alex Heath

Shane Warne’s daughter Brooke Warne, 24, is seen for the first time since her father’s death as she returned home with partner Alex Heath after spending a heartbreaking day with her mother and Shane’s ex-wife Simone

The Samujana Villas on Koh Samui, Thailand, where Shane Warne was staying with friends when he suffered a massive heart attack

The Samujana Villas on Koh Samui, Thailand, where Shane Warne was staying with friends when he suffered a massive heart attack

‘They were going to have a drink at 5pm or go and meet someone to go out and have a drink at 5pm, and Neo knocked on his door at 5.15 because Warnie is always on time.

‘And he went in there and said ‘come on, you’re going to be late’ and then realised something was wrong.

‘And he turned him over and gave him CPR and mouth to mouth, which lasted about 20 minutes and then the ambulance came.

‘They took him to the hospital, which was about a 20-minute drive and I got a phone call about 45 minutes later saying he was pronounced dead.’ 

Medics called to the room described the harrowing scene they found.  

‘We got a call around 17.30 about an unconscious case,’ rescue team chief, Phet Boonrak told local Thai news. ‘We got there in five minutes .

‘The person was unconscious and had a weak pulse, so we tried CPR and called the ambulance. His friends were so shocked. 

‘They said they had found him unconscious on the bed and moved him to the floor to attempt CPR.

‘In the room, there was vomit on the floor but no sign of injuries. The ambulance arrived within 15 minutes, they took him to the hospital immediately.’

Thai police in Koh Samui on Saturday confirmed they had now ruled out any suspicious circumstances in the tragic death after forensic investigators examined the room where his body was found

‘No foul play was suspected at the scene based on our investigation,’ Thai police told AFP.

Bo Put police Lieutenant Colonel Chatchawin Narkmusik revealed the desperate fight to save the legend’s life, and how medics managed to keep him alive until they reached Thai International Hospital.

‘The friend did CPR on him and called an ambulance,’ he said. ‘An emergency response unit then arrived and did another CPR for 10-20 minutes. 

‘Then an ambulance from the Thai International Hospital arrived and took him there. They did CPR for five minutes, and then he died.’

Erskine was left the heartbreaking task of phoning Warne’s family to break the awful news to them, including his parents Bridgette and Keith, and ex-wife Simon and  their children Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20.

He said the children were ‘shattered’ by their father’s death. 

Australian consulate officials have now arrived at Koh Samui to being the process of repatriating the cricket legend’s body back to Melbourne. 

Thai authorities are said to be keen to carry out an autopsy, but the family are understood to want his body back in Australia as soon as possible.

The Australian Ambassador Allan McKinnon arrived on the island late on Saturday to try to negotiate a deal with Thai officials to allow the body to be released to the family with the minimum of delay. 

Shane Warne's body was taken from Samujana Villas to the nearby Thai International Hospital on Thailand's Koh Samui

Shane Warne’s body was taken from Samujana Villas to the nearby Thai International Hospital on Thailand’s Koh Samui

Australian officials have now arrived in Koh Samui to arrange the repatriation of the cricket legend's body

Australian officials have now arrived in Koh Samui to arrange the repatriation of the cricket legend’s body

Shane Warne's parents Keith and Bridgette Warne gathered their family around them at their Melbourne home on Saturday after the tragic death

Shane Warne’s parents Keith and Bridgette Warne gathered their family around them at their Melbourne home on Saturday after the tragic death

Shane Warne's father, Keith, is seen looking sombre at his Black Rock property in Melbourne. Warne's mother Brigitte earlier told reporters, 'we're in shock'

Shane Warne’s father, Keith, is seen looking sombre at his Black Rock property in Melbourne. Warne’s mother Brigitte earlier told reporters, ‘we’re in shock’

Shane Warne's brother Jason takes his son Sebastian to visit the Black Rock property in Melbourne

Shane Warne’s brother Jason takes his son Sebastian to visit the Black Rock property in Melbourne 

Jason Warne follows his father Keith out the front door of the Black Rock property on Saturday

Jason Warne follows his father Keith out the front door of the Black Rock property on Saturday

A sombre looking Jason and Sebastian leave through the front gate after paying a visit to the Black Rock property

A sombre looking Jason and Sebastian leave through the front gate after paying a visit to the Black Rock property

'He made it all look so easy. At some point, in most Australian backyards, we all tried to deliver a flipper,' Prime Minister Morrison said of Warne. The leg-spinning great's family will be offered a state funeral by the Commonwealth and Victorian government

‘He made it all look so easy. At some point, in most Australian backyards, we all tried to deliver a flipper,’ Prime Minister Morrison said of Warne. The leg-spinning great’s family will be offered a state funeral by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments

‘He didn’t drink much. Everyone thinks he’s a big boozer but he’s not a big boozer at all,’ Erskine said. 

‘I sent him a crate of wine, 10 years later it’s still there. He doesn’t drink, never took drugs, ever. He hated drugs so nothing untoward.

‘He was going to do the things he likes doing. He was going to play in one or two poker competitions, play a lot of golf, be with his kids, that was about it; [to] have time to himself.’

The revelations came as Warne’s parents broke their silence after their son’s sudden death, and have been offered a state funeral for the cricket legend.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the nation was ‘in shock’ at Warne’s death in Thailand from a suspected heart attack at 52 and said he would organise the memorial with the Victorian government.  

A memorial to Warne has been set up at his statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

A memorial to Warne has been set up at his statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Many left behind beer bottles as they farewelled the cricketing great

Many left behind beer bottles as they farewelled the cricketing great

One man leaves behind a bottle of VB on Saturday after the shocking news of Warne's death

One man leaves behind a bottle of VB on Saturday after the shocking news of Warne’s death

One Aussie took a sip of alcohol in honour of Warne after his tragic passing

One Aussie took a sip of alcohol in honour of Warne after his tragic passing

Baked beans and cans of VB were left at Warne's statue at the MCG on Saturday

Baked beans and cans of VB were left at Warne’s statue at the MCG on Saturday

Some left heartfelt letters and flowers to the spin king on Saturday

Some left heartfelt letters and flowers to the spin king on Saturday

One little cricket fan paid his respects to Warne at the MCG on Saturday

One little cricket fan paid his respects to Warne at the MCG on Saturday

A simple note of 'thank you' written on a cricket ball was left at Warne's statue

A simple note of ‘thank you’ written on a cricket ball was left at Warne’s statue

Australians around the country have been devastated by the news of Warne's passing

Australians around the country have been devastated by the news of Warne’s passing

A spectator watching the Test between Australia and Pakistan hold sup a sign in tribute to Warne

A spectator watching the Test between Australia and Pakistan hold sup a sign in tribute to Warne

Fans are seen at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Fans are seen at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Warne’s father, Keith, was seen looking sombre outside his Black Rock property in Melbourne on Saturday morning.

His mother Brigitte spoke briefly to the Herald Sun outside the home.

‘We’re just in shock… we’re ok,’ she said. 

Warne’s brother Jason and his nephew Sebastian were later seen visiting the property to comfort his parents. 

His daughter, Brooke, 24, was later seen returning home with partner Alex Heath after spending the day consoling her mother and Warne’s ex-wife Simone. 

Meanwhile, countless cricket fans have paid their respects to Warne, with many leaving beers and canned baked beans at the foot of his statue at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cans of VB, cigarettes, cricket balls, heartfelt letters and even a slice of pizza were all left to honour the bowling legend. 

Others just rested their hand against his statue as they farewelled the man who was a hero to many cricket lovers. 

Many paid their respects to the cricket legend on Saturday at the MCG

Many paid their respects to the cricket legend on Saturday at the MCG

It was an emotional day for many cricket fans, pictured are Aussies paying tribute to Warne

It was an emotional day for many cricket fans, pictured are Aussies paying tribute to Warne

The baked beans are a cheeky nod to when the Australian cricket team ordered boxes of baked beans and canned spaghetti during a tour in India in the 90s.

The box was addressed to Warne, sparking speculation the spin bowler had ordered them just for himself.

It wasn’t until 2020 when he debunked the myth and revealed what really went down.

‘Remember the mid 90s when tours used to go around for around 3 months or 12 weeks. The (then Australia) coach Geoff Marsh, he sits down at breakfast and he opens a tin of spaghetti and baked beans,’ he said.

‘And we sat there after having the spicy stuff for so long in India, and we thought how good will some spaghetti and baked beans be on toast.’

The team then asked Marsh if they could have some for the last three weeks of the tour, to which Cricket Australia agreed to send some over. 

‘So we get to the docks where the baked beans and spaghetti have been delivered and there’s three tonnes of spaghetti and baked beans each. And on both sides of this big crate it was mentioned ‘Shane Warne, India’,’ Warne continued.

‘There were a lot of other players who wanted the spaghetti and beans but it was just addressed to me.’ 

The Australian cricket superstar turned commentator and businessman, and the greatest leg spinner in history, was found unconscious in his room at the luxury Samujana Villas resort on the island of Koh Samui on Friday.

Members of the Australian (right) and Pakistan (left) Test cricket teams observe a minute's silence for Shane Warne on day two of the first Test in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Members of the Australian (right) and Pakistan (left) Test cricket teams observe a minute’s silence for Shane Warne on day two of the first Test in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

A young Warne is seen during a Test with Sri Lanka in 2004

A young Warne is seen during a Test with Sri Lanka in 2004

Warne is seen with Eddie McGuire and Triple M host Mick Molloy

Warne is seen with Eddie McGuire and Triple M host Mick Molloy

Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with four friends, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm on Friday night he was found to be unresponsive.  

Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning. 

‘It’s just numbingly shocking to hear about Shane’s passing today,’ Mr Morrison told 3AW in Melbourne. 

‘The whole country would have woken up in shock today, it’s just terrible.

‘He was one of those cricketers who changed the game globally, not just here in Australia.

‘And at such a young age, younger than me. That is a terrible shock to all those who knew and loved him.’

Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne's former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning

Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning

'In the buffet of life, he ate well, but he also replenished... he gave it back in spades,' Eddie McGuire, pictured outside the MCG, said of Warne

‘In the buffet of life, he ate well, but he also replenished… he gave it back in spades,’ Eddie McGuire, pictured outside the MCG, said of Warne

Fans begin to add tributes to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Fans begin to add tributes to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Shane Warne's biggest fans: Mum Bridgette and dad Keith watching their son play at the Second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Cairns in 2004

Shane Warne’s biggest fans: Mum Bridgette and dad Keith watching their son play at the Second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Cairns in 2004

The state funeral is set to be held in Melbourne, with a date to be confirmed  in consultation with the Warne family, Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government ‘to ensure it honours Shane’s passing and memory’.

Victorian sports minister Martin Pakula has also announced the Great Southern Stand at the MCG will be renamed the S.K. Warne Stand.

‘Shane was one of our greatest cricketers of all time, one of only a few that could approach the extraordinary achievements of the great Don Bradman. His achievements were the product of his talent, his discipline and passion for the game he loved,’ Morrison said.

‘But Shane was more than this to Australians. Shane was one of our nation’s greatest characters. His humour, his passion, his irreverence, his approachability ensured he was loved by all. Australians loved him. We all did.

The iconic leg-spinner passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack, his management company said in a statement

The iconic leg-spinner passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack, his management company said in a statement

Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted a tribute to Shane Warne, expressing his shock at the cricket legend's premature death at the age of 52

Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted a tribute to Shane Warne, expressing his shock at the cricket legend’s premature death at the age of 52

A tribute to Warne on the big screen of the MCG's Southern Stand, which the Victorian government has announced will be renamed the SK Warne Stand

A tribute to Warne on the big screen of the MCG’s Southern Stand, which the Victorian government has announced will be renamed the SK Warne Stand

A fan is seen in tears while paying his respects to Australia Test cricket legend Shane Warne, who died aged 52 overnight, at his statue outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground

A fan is seen in tears while paying his respects to Australia Test cricket legend Shane Warne, who died aged 52 overnight, at his statue outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground

‘There was something magical that he brought to our summers. The bleached blonde hair, the almost casual way he moved to send down a delivery, and his engagement with the crowd. He was one of a kind.

Morrison said Warne inspired many children around the world to try their hand at cricket. 

‘He made it all look so easy. At some point, in most Australian backyards, we all tried to deliver a flipper,’ he explained.

‘As we heard as a commentator, behind the playfulness that we associated with Shane, there was a player who understood the strategies and intricacies of cricket as few others. A brilliance that will always be remembered alongside that of Bradman and Benaud.

‘There was also a generosity to so many people away from the cameras. With a smile and a g’day he’d bridge every gap.

‘Shane was his own man, following his own path. In those times when he could have been knocked down by the headlines, he got back up. He always did.

‘Shane was the ‘King of Spin’ because there was none like him. The ‘ball of the century’ will be talked about forever,’ Morrison said.

An emotional Pat Cummins has led tributes for Shane Warne after the legendary former Australian star's death from a heart attack at the age of 52

An emotional Pat Cummins has led tributes for Shane Warne after the legendary former Australian star’s death from a heart attack at the age of 52

 

A heartbroken fan pays tribute to Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday

A heartbroken fan pays tribute to Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday

Flowers, scarves and VB bottles have been placed at the foot of the statue of Shane Warne outside the MCG

Flowers, scarves and VB bottles have been placed at the foot of the statue of Shane Warne outside the MCG

A mother leads her daughter carrying a bouquet of flowers to place at the statue of Shane Warne outside the MCG

A mother leads her daughter carrying a bouquet of flowers to place at the statue of Shane Warne outside the MCG

THE WORLD REACTS TO SHANE WARNE’S DEATH 

* ‘I thought nothing could ever happen to him. He lived more in his life than most people would live in 20.’ – Glenn McGrath

* ‘He has had a turbulent life but a very full life … you just felt, I certainly did, he would go on forever.’ – Mark Taylor

* ‘Shocked, stunned & miserable … there was never a dull moment with you around.’ – Sachin Tendulkar

* ‘I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true.’ – Viv Richards

* ‘We have lost one of the greatest sportsmen of all time!’ – Brian Lara

* ‘The game of cricket was never the same after Shane emerged and it will never be the same now he has gone.’ – Pat Cummins

* ‘He brought such joy to the game and was the greatest spin bowler ever.’ – Mick Jagger

* ‘Heaven will be a lively place now the King has arrived.’ – Michael Vaughan

* ‘Please no ….heartbroken. Already miss ‘The King.’ – Brendon McCullum

* ‘Numb.’ – Adam Gilchrist

* ‘I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport.’ – Virat Kohli

* ‘The man who made spin cool.’ – Virendar Sehwag

* ‘It’s just unfathomable.’ – Mark Waugh

* ‘The RockStar of cricket! Gone too soon.’ – Brett Lee

* ‘Genius player. Grand company. Loyal friend.’ – Russell Crowe

* ‘The biggest superstar of my generation gone.’ – Waqar Younis

* ‘Played hard on field and was one of the first to have a beer with you after.’ – Jacques Kallis

 – Australian Associated Press

‘Our love and condolences go to Shane’s family and particularly his children Brooke, Jackson, and Summer.

‘We have lost one of Australia’s greatest cricketers and today we are bewildered by this sad and sudden loss. 

An emotional Pat Cummins joined celebrities, sports stars, former teammates and politicians from around the world to pay tribute to the cricket legend on Saturday.

‘The game was never the same after Warnie emerged, and the game will never be the same after his passing,’ Cummins said in a video uploaded to Twitter. ‘Rest in peace, King.’ 

The Australian test captain looked down the camera with tear-filled eyes as he recalled fond memories of ‘Warnie’.

Warne pictured with his former wife and the mother of his three children, Simone Callahan, in 1995

Warne pictured with his former wife and the mother of his three children, Simone Callahan, in 1995

SHANE WARNE’S GREATEST EIGHT MOMENTS 

COLOMBO COMEBACK, 1992

Before the Gatting ball there was the miracle in Colombo that truly announced Warne on the world stage. Chasing 181 for victory, Sri Lanka were cruising at 2-127. Enter Australia’s spinners. Greg Matthews took 4-37 and Warne snapped up 3-0 in his last 13 balls to win the match for Australia, even though the youngster had the unwanted career figures of 1-335 before being handed the ball. From there, Warne never looked back.

WEST INDIES MAYHEM, 1992-93

The moment most Australian fans realised the talent that had just emerged. After missing the first Test of the series, Warne took 7-52 in the second innings at the MCG to bowl Australia to victory against the might of the West Indies. The success doubles as Warne’s first match on his beloved home ground, where he’d eventually take 56 Test wickets.

THE GATTING BALL, 1993

Warne was the ultimate showman and he couldn’t have scripted it better himself. With his first Test delivery in England, he drifted the ball across the right-hander, had it dip, pitch outside leg, spin enough to beat the bat and claim the top of off-stump. Gatting’s bemused face said it all and from that moment on England were deer in Warne’s headlights.

THE HAT-TRICK, 1994-95

A month after destroying England again with 8-71 in the first Test at the Gabba, Warne claimed his famous hat-trick at the MCG when he removed Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm in three straight balls. Warne finished the series with 27 wickets at 20.33.

WORLD CUP HEROICS, 1999

Three years after helping engineer a comeback to put Australia into the 1996 decider, Warne was at it again. He took 3-3 from his first three overs after South Africa were in control at 0-48 in pursuit of 214, before coming back late to finish 4-29 in the famous tie. He was then man-of-the-match in the final, taking 4-33 against Pakistan as Australia lifted the trophy.

THE PAKISTAN JOB, 2002

An oft-forgotten example of Warne’s dominance. In one of the most one-sided series in history, Warne took 27 wickets at an average of 12.66. In doing so, he took almost half of the wickets available to him in the series and helped Australia wrap up a Test inside two days in Sharjah.

ONE-MAN BAND, 2005

Australia’s only Ashes loss of Warne’s career should have spelled a low point, but with Glenn McGrath in and out with injury the legspinner truly stepped up. He claimed 40 wickets at 19.92 for the series, the most by an Australian in a five-match Ashes. His ball to bowl Andrew Strauss in front of his pads is arguably better than the Gatting ball 12 years earlier.

700TH WICKET, 2006-07

Warne scripted the perfect ending by announcing he would retire at summer’s end with Australia 3-0 up in the Ashes and himself on 699 wickets ahead of the MCG Boxing Day Test. In the perfect farewell, Warne bowled Strauss to become the first to reach 700 wickets before helping Australia to just the second 5-0 Ashes whitewash in history. Not content with that, he also went past 1000 international wickets in all forms of the game in his SCG swansong.

– Australian Associated Press 

‘Warnie was an all-time great, a once in a century type cricketer and his records will live on forever,’ he said. 

‘We all grew up watching Warnie, idolising him. We loved so much about Warnie. His showmanship, his charisma, his tactics. The way he just wheeled himself and the team to win games for Australia.’  

Mark Taylor thought Shane Warne’s ‘turbulent life’ would just keep rolling on forever.

But now, the former Australian captain is like the rest of his teammates: numbed at news of Warne’s death.

‘He has had a turbulent life but a very full life,’ Taylor told the Nine Network on Saturday.

‘He had been through all sorts of scandals. He mesmerised us with his bowling and his competitive nature on the field.

Pop star Dannii Minogue, 50, on Saturday posted a photo to Instagram of the pair together, alongside a moving caption.

‘I am devastated to wake up to the news that Shane Warne has passed. My heart breaks for his family and friends,’ she wrote.

‘He was such a light and energy in the room. He was always lovely to my whole family. He knew that I didn’t have a clue about cricket, but he liked that.’ 

The host of The Masked Singer Australia went on to reveal the sweet nickname the legendary cricketer had for her.  

‘To me, he was just Shane. I can still hear him say, ‘Hey Disco how are you?” Dannii added. 

On Saturday morning, Hollywood heavyweight Hugh Jackman shared a photo of himself wearing cricket gear alongside Warne, writing: ‘Like you all, I’m in shock to wake to the news that @shanewarne23 has passed away. 

‘I’m grateful to have known him, and to have witnessed his once in a generation talent. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and close friends at this incredibly difficult time. Rest well Shane.’ 

A boy adds a floral tribute to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

A boy adds a floral tribute to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

SHANE WARNE’S MATCHLESS CAREER 

Born: 13 September 1969, Melbourne

Right-arm leg spin bowler, right-hand batsman

Teams: Australia, Victoria, Hampshire, Rajasthan Royals

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Tests: 145

Debut: v India, Sydney, 1992

Wickets: 708

Five-wicket hauls: 37

Average: 25.41

Best bowling: 8-71 v England

Runs: 3,154 at an average of 17.32

High score: 99

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One-day internationals: 194

Wickets: 293

Five-wicket hauls: 1

Best bowling: 5-33 v West Indies

Average: 25.73

Runs: 1,018

High score: 55

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* Arguably the most famous and influential cricketer since Don Bradman, Warne is widely credited with revitalising the art of leg spin bowling after an era dominated by fast bowlers.

* Was named one of Wisden’s five best players of the 20th century.

* First player to take 700 wickets, although his record was ultimately surpassed by Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets).

* Chosen for the 1993 Ashes tour of England a year after an unpromising Test debut, Warne bowled England captain Mike Gatting with his first delivery, later dubbed ‘the ball of the century.’

* Became the first player in over 90 years to take a hat-trick in the Ashes when he achieved the feat against England at Melbourne in 1994.

* Was fined by the Australian Cricket Board in 1995 after admitting taking money from a man associated with an Indian bookmaker for providing information about pitches and weather, but the case was hushed up for three years.

* Underwent surgery in 1998 to repair a career-threatening shoulder injury, then another operation to repair a damaged finger as the wear and tear of bowling started taking its toll.

* Relaunched his career at the 1999 World Cup and was named man of the match in Australia’s victory over Pakistan in the final.

* Broke Dennis Lillee’s Australian record of 355 test wickets on tour in New Zealand in 2000 but then lost the test vice-captaincy for sending lewd text messages to an English nurse.

* Made a miraculous recovery from injury to join the team for the 2003 World Cup but was sent home in disgrace before the tournament began after failing a drugs test. He was banned for 12 months.

* Made his return against Sri Lanka in 2004, taking 10 wickets in his first match to pass 500 test wickets.

* Separated from his wife Simone in 2005 following media reports of his adultery before becoming the first player to reach 600 test wickets.

* Took 40 wickets in the 2005 Ashes series and finished the year with 96 to break Lillee’s long-standing world record of 85 in a calendar year.

* Bowled Monty Panesar to seal Australia’s victory in the third test against England to regain the Ashes in 2006 and three days later announced he would quit international cricket at the end of the series.

* Reached the once-unthinkable 700 wicket milestone in his penultimate test and clinched his 708th in the final test which sealed a 5-0 whitewash for Australia.

* Finished his career with the most runs in Tests (3,154) without a hundred to his name, coming closest against New Zealand when he scored 99 in Perth in 2001.

* Retired from first-class cricket after a season with English county Hampshire but was lured back by the riches of the Indian Premier League in 2008, signing up as captain and coach of the Rajasthan Royals.

* Led the Royals to the first IPL title against the Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting final that went down to the last ball.

* Picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma and led the Royals to a thumping 10-wicket victory in his final game as a professional cricketer.

* Announced his retirement from professional cricket in May 2011.

 – Reuters

‘We have loved that real ocker side of Shane Warne. You just felt, I certainly did, he would go on forever. It is a huge shock for me and it is a huge shock for the cricketing world.’ 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has offered Warne’s family a state funeral to honour the legendary cricketer.

‘Victoria has lost an icon. Australia has lost a legend. And the entire cricketing world is mourning the loss of the King,’ Mr Andrews said in a statement. 

Melbourne identity and friend of Warne, Eddie McGuire, told 3AW that the Great Southern Stand at the MCG should possibly be renamed to honour Warne.

‘In the buffet of life, he ate well, but he also replenished… he gave it back in spades,’ McGuire said.

‘He got himself in some scrapes along the way but mainly through his giving nature.’

Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell repeatedly broke down talking about the passing of Warne on the Triple M Dead Set Legends radio show on Saturday morning.

‘He was a life-loving person. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more caring, loyal and generous person than him, Maxwell said.

Australian cricket Glenn Maxwell repeatedly broke down when discussing Warne's death on Triple M's Deadset Legends radio show on Saturday

Australian cricket Glenn Maxwell repeatedly broke down when discussing Warne’s death on Triple M’s Deadset Legends radio show on Saturday

Former cricket Mitchell Johnson was one of many to pay tribute to Warne after hearing the terrible news

Former cricket Mitchell Johnson was one of many to pay tribute to Warne after hearing the terrible news

Another of Warne’s Australian captains, Steve Waugh, said he had ‘so many memories and moments that will never be forgotten’ of the legspinner.

‘It was a privilege and a pleasure to play alongside you,’ Waugh posted on Instagram.

Glenn McGrath said he was ‘absolutely devastated’.

Like Taylor, he believed ‘nothing could ever happen to him’.

‘Warnie was larger than life … he lived more in his life than most people would live in 20,’ McGrath said.

‘He was the ultimate competitor. He thought the game was never lost, that he could turn it around and bring us to victory, which he did so many times.

‘I think he lived his life the same way. There seemed to be never a dull moment. Rest In Peace my good mate, there’ll never again be anyone like you.’

Mark Waugh described Warne as the ‘ultimate entertainer’ both on and off the field.

‘It’s just unfathomable to lose another great of our cricket family,’ Waugh posted on Twitter. 

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd took to Twitter to share his shock and heartbreak over the sudden and unexpected death.

‘I just can’t believe this. Larger than life. A living legend. No longer with us. Far too young,’ he wrote.

‘Both cricket and the country so much poorer for his passing. May you Rest In Peace Warnie. My deepest condolences to his family. The country mourns his passing.’  

Former cricketer Mitchell Johnson described Warne as ‘the best Spin bowler I have ever seen.’

‘I am in complete shock. So said to hear the news of the passing of Shane Warne, the king, the best spin bowler I have ever seen.

‘Warnie made spin bowling cool, exciting and his skills were just phenomenal. An entertainer of the game, you will be missed mate.’ 

Legendary wicket-keeper Shane Watson said he was ‘numb’ after learning about the passing of his ‘mentor’.

‘The impact he had on the great game of cricket and everyone around it is immeasurable,’ he wrote. ‘Warnie, I am going to miss you so much. Thank you mate for being so bloody good to me.’

Rolling Stones frontman, rock'n'roll legend and cricket tragic Mick Jagger paid a special tribute to Warne

Rolling Stones frontman, rock’n’roll legend and cricket tragic Mick Jagger paid a special tribute to Warne

'Kath and Kim' star Magda Szubanski shared her grief over the legendary cricketer who made a guest appearance as her fiance on the hit TV show in 2007

‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski shared her grief over the legendary cricketer who made a guest appearance as her fiance on the hit TV show in 2007

Cummins joined celebrities, sports stars and politicians from all around the world and across Australia to pay tribute to the cricket legend on Saturday

 Cummins joined celebrities, sports stars and politicians from all around the world and across Australia to pay tribute to the cricket legend on Saturday

Hard: Dannii Minogue (right) has shared her thoughts after the sudden death of Shane Warne (left) at age 52 on Friday

Hard: Dannii Minogue (right) has shared her thoughts after the sudden death of Shane Warne (left) at age 52 on Friday

Loss: On Saturday, Dannii posted a photo to Instagram of the pair together, alongside a moving caption. 'I am devastated to wake up to the news that Shane Warne has passed. My heart breaks for his family and friends,' she wrote

Loss: On Saturday, Dannii posted a photo to Instagram of the pair together, alongside a moving caption. ‘I am devastated to wake up to the news that Shane Warne has passed. My heart breaks for his family and friends,’ she wrote

Adam Gilchrist added: ‘The highlight of my cricketing career was to keep wicket to Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the maestro at work.’

Darren Lehmann, a teammate of Warne who later became Australia’s coach, said he was devastated.

‘Shane was the most generous, fun-loving superstar of our game … he was always charismatic caring and true friend,’ Lehmann posted on Twitter.

Former Australia quick Brett Lee hailed Warne as the ‘rock star’ of cricket. 

‘Can’t believe it. The greatest bowler to play the game ever! The RockStar of cricket ! Gone too soon,’ Lee posted on Twitter. 

Cricket Australia added: ‘We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Shane Warne. A true cricketing genius. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans all across the world.’ 

‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski shared her grief over the legendary cricketer who made a guest appearance as her fiance on the hit TV show in 2007.

‘I’ve woken in the middle of the night to this terrible news,’ she wrote. ‘I’m in complete shock. This is just too sad. Devastating.

‘Incredible to think that bright, cheeky spark has been snuffed out.’ 

Warne is chaired from the field by team-mates Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden after leading Australia to victory in the fourth Test match against England at the MCG in Melbourne, 2006

Warne is chaired from the field by team-mates Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden after leading Australia to victory in the fourth Test match against England at the MCG in Melbourne, 2006

ABC host Leigh Sales said Warne was at the top of her interview wishlist when she joined the public broadcaster.

‘Vale Warnie: a genius cricketer, a charismatic raconteur and one of the great, great Australian characters,’ she wrote. ‘The world will be less bright and interesting with him gone.’    

It’s believed Warne’s manager Andrew Neophitou performed CPR on the cricket great for around 20 minutes to try and save his life before an ambulance arrived. 

He was then taken to the Thai International Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

Thai Police Senior Sergeant Major Suporn Hemruangsree said: ‘Police received a report about somebody who died at the Thai International Hospital so we went and asked the hotel, and found out that the deceased was with four other friends and died in the room.

Warne's final Instagram post from Koh Samui's Samujana Villa, Thailand. The cricketing legend was on a break with four friends

Warne’s final Instagram post from Koh Samui’s Samujana Villa, Thailand. The cricketing legend was on a break with four friends

‘In the villa, the people were sleeping in separate rooms. They were sleeping from afternoon to evening, until about 5pm.

‘At 5pm somebody came to call out this person for dinner but the deceased did not respond so they called three other friends to perform CPR for 20 minutes. They waited for the ambulance to come.

‘The doctor announced the death of the person at 6:53pm. Police went and checked the room and there was no sign of intrusion or possessions being searched through. The body was sent for an autopsy at Koh Samui Hospital.’

Warne’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived.

Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning. 

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials have spoken to those travelling with Warne in Thailand and would work with Thai authorities to confirm arrangements for transport of his body back to Australia.

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