Australian cricketer Shane Warne, considered the greatest leg-spin bowler of all time, has died after suffering a suspected heart attack at his villa in Thailand, his management company confirmed on Friday. He was 52.
"Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived," it added. "The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course."
Warne is regarded by many as the greatest cricketer ever and possibly the finest leg-spin bowler of all time after a career in which he took 708 test wickets in a Test career spanning from 1992 to 2007.
The sporting legend later played in the Indian Premier League and other Twenty20 competitions before retiring from all international cricket in 2013, though he continued to be involved in the game as a broadcaster.
Tributes poured in for Warne from the cricketing world and beyond after news broke of his sudden death.
"Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed," Warne said in tributes to Marsh in his last post on Twitter, just 12 hours before his own death was reported. "He was a legend of our great game [and] an inspiration to so many young boys [and] girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket [and] gave so much—especially to Australia [and] England players."
Australian cricketer David Warner said he is lost for words after learning about the two cricket legends' deaths, offering prayers to both families.
Regarded as one of Australia's finest wicketkeepers, Marsh retired in 1984 with a then-world record tally of 355 dismissals. He played 96 Tests for Australia in a career that spanned 14 years.
The star wicketkeeper is fourth on the all-time dismissals list behind South Africa's Mark Boucher (555) and Australians Adam Gilchrist (416) and Ian Healy (395), earning him a spot in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009.
Marsh is survived by his wife Roslyn and children Paul, Dan, and Jamie.