Shane Warne was one of the greatest cricketers of all time, enjoying a 23-year career with the Stars of Australia, Victoria, Hampshire and Melbourne, but the former leg player was sadly declared dead last Friday.
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was reportedly ‘full of life’ just hours before his tragic death while on holiday in Thailand last week.
Warne was recognized as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, taking over 1,000 wickets in Tests and One Day Internationals during a 23-year career for Australia, Victoria, Hampshire, Rajasthan Royals and Melbourne Stars.
Following his retirement from Twenty20 cricket in 2013, six years after his last international match, Warne has also carved out a successful media career, entertaining his fans.
But the world of cricket and sport was left heartbroken last Friday when news broke that Warne had died of a suspected heart attack while on a beach holiday in Thailand.
Warne had just arrived on the island of Koh Samui for a five-day stay in a villa after a commentary period in Australia.
Tragically though, he was found collapsed in his bedroom that evening by his business manager Andrew Neophitou.
After being taken to hospital by paramedics, he was pronounced dead after suffering a suspected heart attack.
Just hours before his death, Warne was described as “full of life” after arriving for his vacation.
In fact, he’d even called in his tailor for a fitting just five hours before he was found in his bedroom.
“I love cricket and Shane Warne was one of my heroes. It was a great privilege to make his costumes,” said Parsuram Panday. The sun.
“He was due to collect his clothes on Saturday or Sunday so when I heard he was dead I was shocked. I was devastated.
“I couldn’t believe I was talking to him a few hours earlier. When he entered the shop he was so happy, strong and full of life and energy.
“He said, ‘It’s been a long time, Parsuram’ and he laughed. He said, “It’s great to see you,” and he patted me on the back.
“He was buzzing with excitement. He said he was ready for a break as it had been a busy summer in Australia. He was looking forward to hitting the bars.
Before his death, Warne watched Australia take on Pakistan on the first day of their Test, which was tragically the last match he would see.
On Saturday, his body was ferried to the city of Surat for an autopsy, with the Australian ambassador traveling alongside him.
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Warne’s family have also agreed to provide a state funeral, with the cricketing legend’s Melbourne Cricket Ground suggested as the venue.
Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews believes the state funeral will provide Australians with a fitting way to bid farewell to the legend.
“It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and to the country,” Andrews said.