Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne‘s children have been left in “complete shock” by the sudden demise of the former cricket, says his long-time manager, James Erskine, said on Sunday. Warne, one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history, passed away on Friday, aged 52, of a suspected heart attack while holidaying in Thailand’s island of Koh Samui.
“The three children are in a complete shock,” Erskine told the Nine Network’s Today morning show on Sunday. “I spoke to them yesterday and … Jackson just said, ‘We expect him to walk in the door. This is like a bad dream’.”
Warne had three children – Jackson, Summer and Brooke – with Simone Callahan, to whom he was married for 10 years until they divorced in 2005.
Warne was found unresponsive at the villa when one of his friends came to call him for dinner, and despite their frantic attempts, they failed to revive him and was eventually pronounced dead at a local hospital. Thai police revealed that Warne had experienced chest pains before death and are not treating the death as suspicious, ruling out any foul play.
“Keith, Shane’s father, is a pretty strong individual, but like everybody, he’s just shattered, they can’t believe what’s happened,” Erskine said.
Warne’s body will be sent to Surat Thani on the mainland for autopsy on Sunday.
“We really just want to get Shane home,” said Andrew Neophitou, one of the friends who were vacationing with him, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. “That’s all we want to do.”
Warne made his Test debut in 1992 against India and finished his illustrious 15-year-long career with a record 708 wickets, the second-most in the history of the red-ball format, and bagged over 1000 international wickets.