Shane Warne paid tribute to another famous cricketer just hours before his shock death of a suspected heart attack aged 52.
The Australian bowler died unexpectedly in Thailand just hours after the sportsman paid tribute on social media to cricketer Rod Marsh, who also died of a heart attack aged 74 in the early hours of Friday morning.
Shane called Rod “an inspiration” and “legend” in his final post, which read: “Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls.
"Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate."
Hours after posting a tribute to the sports star, Shane Warne’s management confirmed the 52 year old had died in a short statement.
Shane’s management said he died in Thailand after a suspected heart attack, saying: "Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.
"The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course."
Shane will forever be remembered as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the sport, playing the sport internationally as well as domestically in his home state of Victoria, Australia.
He also played for Hampshire's England cricket team and captained the Australian national team in One Day Internationals.
The cricketer is survived by his children Jackson, Summer and Brooke, and parents Bridgette and Keith Warne.
Shane was married to ex-wife Simone Callahan for 10 years before the couple sought a divorce in 2005.
He then started dating model and actress Liz Hurley in 2010, and the pair enjoyed a whirlwind romance that saw them get engaged just one year into their relationship.
Sadly the former couple split two years after Shane proposed, but both later said they had always remained close friends despite the split.
Tributes have already started pouring in for the late cricket star, who was a beloved presence on television as a commentator for the sport.
Piers Morgan shared a snap of the star on his Instagram page, as he said he was "absolutely devastated" to hear the news.
"He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic bloke and a great loyal friend for many years," the former Good Morning Britain host wrote.
"Just gutting news. RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company."
Fellow cricketer Rohit Sharma then shared his heartbreak, saying: "I’m truly lost for words here, this is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us. RIP Shane Warne….still can’t believe it."
While fans shared they were "gutted" and "couldn't believe the news".
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