Shane Warne’s family is “crushed” by the sudden death of Australian cricketand his children are in “complete shock,” his long-time manager, James Erskine, said on Sunday.
One of the greatest bowlers of all time whose talent and personality cricket crossed, Warne died Friday at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack, a day after arriving on the island of Koh Samui of Thailand for a holiday.
“The three children are in complete shock,” Erskine told the Nine Network’s Today morning show on Sunday. “I talked to her yesterday and … Jackson just said, ‘We expect him to come in the door. This is 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.
Earlier with the revival of the art of leg-spinning, Warne made his Test debut in 1992 against India, embarking on a 15-year international career.
Warne was considered one of the five greatest players of the 20th century by the Almanac of Wisden Cricketers, but the hard life of the cunning spinner often made tabloid headlines as well.
Thai police said Warne had chest pain before his death and had asthma and some heart problems. They did not treat his death as suspicious.
“Keith, Shane’s father, is a pretty strong individual, but like everyone else he’s just crushed, they can not believe what happened,” Erskine said.
On Sunday, Warne’s body was ridden on a ferry on Koh Samui, on its way to the mainland to be brought to Surat Thani for autopsy.
“He went on these ridiculous kinds of diets, and he was just done with one,” Erskine said.
“It was a little all or nothing. It was either white bread with butter and lasagna in the middle, or he would have black and green juices.
He said “of course” Warne smoked most of his life. In Melbourne, some of the tributes laid at the Warne statue for the Melbourne Cricket Ground were cigarettes.
“I think it was just a massive heart attack,” Erskine said.
Thai police interviewed Warne’s travel companions for information. Warne was unconsciously discovered in his room in a villa he shared with three employees in the Bo Phut area of the popular holiday island.
“We just want to get Shane home,” Andrew Neophitou, one of the friends, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “That’s all we want to do.”
Warne’s family ‘destroyed’ by his death: Manager – SABC News
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