Shane Warne: Australian cricket legend died from natural causes – police

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Australian cricket legend Shane Warne’s death in Thailand on Friday was from natural causes, police have confirmed.

A senior Thai police official said the post mortem exam showed no signs of foul play in the 52-year-old’s death.

Warne, who is considered to be one of the greatest cricketers of all time, died of a suspected heart attack on Koh Samui island, where he was holidaying.

The Australian government is bringing his body back to Australia where he will be given a state funeral.

Warne was a larger-than-life figure whose fame transcended sport and he inspired generations of fans.

He was found unresponsive at the Thai villa where he was staying with friends. Attempts to revive him in hospital were unsuccessful.

The post mortem exam showed Warne died of a “congenital disease”, Songyot Chayaninporamet, deputy director of Samui Hospital, told a news conference, Reuters news agency reported.

“There is no Covid-19 infection and no sign of assault or murder.”

Thailand’s deputy police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen said in a statement: “Investigators received an autopsy report today in which a forensic doctor concludes the death was due to natural causes.”

He said the player’s family had been informed and accepted the findings. Warne is survived by his three children with former wife Simone Callahan.


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