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Cricket legend Shane Warne has died, aged 52 of massive heart attack 

Shane Warne died suddenly from a ‘massive heart attack’ at the age of 52 while on holiday in Thailand – after four friends staying with him battled to save his life for 20 minutes, police have said.

The Australian megastar cricketer turned pundit and businessman, and the greatest leg spinner in history, was found unconscious in a villa in the resort of Koh Samui earlier today.

Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with four friends, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm local time today he was found to be unresponsive.

It’s believed Warne’s manager Andrew Neophitou performed CPR on the cricket great for around 20 minutes to try and save his life before an ambulance arrived. 

He was then taken to the Thai International Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Speaking this evening by phone, Police Senior Sergeant Major Suporn Hemruangsree said: ‘Police received a report about somebody who died at the Thai International Hospital so we went and asked the hotel, and found out that the deceased was with four other friends and died in the room.

‘In the villa, the people were sleeping in separate rooms. They were sleeping from afternoon to evening, until about 5pm.

‘At 5pm somebody came to call out this person for dinner but the deceased did not respond so they called three other friends to perform CPR for 20 minutes. They waited for the ambulance to come.

‘The doctor announced the death of the person at 6:53pm. Police went and checked the room and there was no sign of intrusion or possessions being searched through. The body was sent for an autopsy at Koh Samui Hospital.’

Warne’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived.

Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning. 

Warne’s death was announced just 12 hours after he tweeted his shock and grief at the death of Australia’s great wicket keeper Rodney Marsh, who also died this morning following a cardiac arrest. 

His death left the world of sport in shock and Australians mourning two of their greatest sporting icons, with Viv Richards, Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Smith and David Warner leading the tributes to his ‘rock n roll’ cricket and lifestyle. Michael Vaughan said his friend was a ‘normal guy who could do incredible things’ on the pitch. 

‘It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday March 4,’ a statement from the management company read.

The statement added: ‘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.’ 

Australian test captain Pat Cummins described him as ‘king’ while former prime minister Kevin Rudd labelled Warne a ‘living legend’ and ‘larger than life’ personality.

MailOnline understands Warne landed in Thailand yesterday and was seen looking happy while chatting with fans at the airport and looked like he was on a boys’ break.

He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui.

Some 24 hours ago, on his first night, he shared an image of its infinity pool. He tweeted for the last time around 11 hours later following Rod Marsh’s death, his own cricketing hero from the great Australian team of the 1970s.

Warne became a global star in 1993 by bowling out Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket. He went on to get 708 test wickets, tormenting teams all over the world, especially Australia’s great rival England. 

Australian cricket hero and legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne,  pictured at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 18, has died suddenly aged 52

Australian cricket hero and legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne,  pictured at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 18, has died suddenly aged 52

Friends and family begin to arrive at the Melbourne home of Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan

Friends and family begin to arrive at the Melbourne home of Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan

Fans begin to add floral tributes to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Fans begin to add floral tributes to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Warne was in a relationship with Liz Hurley following the end of his marriage to his wife Simone, who had three children together in ten years. He and Hurley were together for around two years and were engaged before they split up

For ten years he was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone, having three children together: Jackson, Summer and Brooke.

Warne was in a relationship with Liz Hurley following the end of his marriage to his wife Simone, right, who had three children together in ten years. He and Hurley were together for around two years and were engaged before they split up 

Warne is widely considered one of the greatest bowlers in history and a leg spinner of unsurpassed quality

Warne is widely considered one of the greatest bowlers in history and a leg spinner of unsurpassed quality 

He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui. 24 hours ago, on his first night, he shared an image of shared a triits infinity pool.

He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui. 24 hours ago, on his first night, he shared an image of shared its infinity pool.

Around 12 hours before his death emerged, he

Shane had tweeted around 12 hours before his death was announced, a tribute to his hero Rod Marsh, the Australian cricketer

A week ago he tweeted about his own 'Operation Shred' - to lose some weight, saying he had lost some weight and planned to be in this shape by July

A week ago he tweeted about his own ‘Operation Shred’ – to lose some weight, saying he had lost some weight and planned to be in this shape by July

Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with four friends, but when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm, but he was unresponsive. The group then tried desperately for 20 minutes to perform CPR, but Warne could not be revived

Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with four friends, but when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm, but he was unresponsive. The group then tried desperately for 20 minutes to perform CPR, but Warne could not be revived

Warne landed in Thailand yesterday and was seen looking happy while chatting with fans at the airport. He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui (pictured)

Warne landed in Thailand yesterday and was seen looking happy while chatting with fans at the airport. He is believed to have died at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui (pictured)

The life and times of Shane Warne: one of the greatest cricketers of all time

Warne was a renowned cricketer known for his love of life

Warne was a renowned cricketer known for his love of life 

June 1993 – Warne bowls the ‘ball of the century’ to Mike Gatting, announcing himself on the world cricket stage

1995 – Warne marries Simone Callahan

2003 – Warne is banned from playing cricket and misses that year’s World Cup after testing positive for a banned drug

2005 – Warne and Callahan divorce

2006 – The spin bowler retires from international cricket having taken a record 708 test wickets

That same year, Warne has drives from Southampton to London for a tryst with two women

2011 – Liz Hurley and Warne start a relationship that lasts for two years

2014 – Warne has a brief relationship with Playboy model Emily Scott

2019 – Warne reportedly has a noisy four-way sex party at his London home 

March 4, 2022: He is found dead in his Thailand villa – the same day his hero Rod Marsh passed away

During his career he gained a reputation as the blonde-haired, blue-eyed hero of the sport, buccaneering bowler on the pitch and a playboy off it, famed for his love of women, beer and cigarettes, and his favourite meal, lasagne sandwiches.

For ten years he was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone, having three children together: Jackson, Summer and Brooke. But the couple split in 2010 after he was spotted kissing British model Liz Hurley and he enjoyed a hot and heavy romance with the model and actress, later getting engaged before calling it quits three years later. 

Their relationship also coincided with him losing weight and rumours he had ‘dabbled’ with cosmetic surgery including botox. Just last year he was exchanging flirtatious comments on Instagram with Ms Hurley, almost eight years after their split, but he later denied they were back together.

Most recently he was dating model Emily Sears, an Instagram star, but he appears to have been single in recent years but admitted he was active on dating apps. His friend, Triple M Sydney radio host Lawrence Mooney, said last year: ‘His life is Tinder, beers, darts, gambling and cricket. Those five things, that’s it.’ 

Warne was known for putting on weight during his career, but became much more image conscious including becoming the face of a hair transplant company. Just a week ago he said he was on a health kick, tweeting: ‘Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape’, sharing an image from a few years ago. 

But despite looking more lithe, people who knew him admit he still loved drinking and smoking, and never ate vegetables, preferring meals such as lasagne sandwiches.

The news was met with shock by former team-mates and rivals alike. 

The former England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen, who was a close friend of Warne’s, tweeted ‘F***’ when the news broke followed by a string of crying emojis and the hashtag #RIPKing.’ 

The current England all-rounder Ben Stokes posted: ‘Australian Legend. @rajasthanroyals Legend. Was an honour to know you and work with you. This man is a LEGEND. #theking’

English cricket legend Ian Botham wrote: ‘I’ve lost a great friend on and off the playing field. ‘One of the best’ my thoughts are with Jackson Summer & Brooke….RIP Warnster.’

Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted a broken heart emoji with the caption: ‘Love ya king.’ 

Writing later:  ‘I can’t tell you how hard it is to get this down in words, it’s just doesn’t feel real to be talking about someone who once was an enemy on the pitch to one who became a great friend off it.

‘Shane was the greatest ever cricketer but more than that his character lit up every dressing room, comm box, bar, golf club & friendship group. His energy and positivity was beyond anyone I have ever known, he was loyal beyond loyal.

‘At a time I needed support he was the first to pick up the phone & over (sic) advice/help & the most utmost support. I will never ever forget the warmth he & his family gave me this winter when I was down under for Xmas alone.

‘To say I spent Warneys last Xmas with him & his family is so sad but one I will cherish. All of us eating Turkey, beef, the usual Xmas trimmings & the King to stick to his Lasagne sandwich’s with bread rolls plastered with butter .. that’s Warney, the superstar, the greatest, friends to world superstars.

‘Everyone wanted to be around him but ultimately he was just a normal guy who could do incredible things.’

Jemima Goldsmith, who was close friends with Shane Warne, tweeted: ‘Devastating, shocking news about Shane Warne. A sporting hero for so many, including my sons. And a giant-hearted friend’.

The England team held a minute’s silence for Warne ahead of the fourth day of their tour match in the West Indies. 

Ex-England batsman Ian Bell wrote: ‘Surely not??? Utterly heartbreaking.’ 

‘There are no words. A hero growing up and the greatest player I ever played against. I can’t believe it. My thoughts are with his loved ones.’

The Pakistani former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar tweeted: ‘Just heard the devastating news about legendary Shane Warne passing away. No words to describe how shocked & sad i am.

‘What a legend. What a man. What a cricketer.’ 

Rohit Sharma posted on Twitter: ‘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.’ 

Indian cricket hero Virender Sehwag tweeted: ‘Cannot believe it. One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more. 

‘Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world.’

Pakistani cricketer Shadab Khan said: Heartbroken about @ShaneWarne’s news. Rest in peace legend. I used to keep watching him take wickets on TV. So when I started proper cricket, I decided to become a legspinner. Have no words to express my sorrow. Prayers for the departed and family.’ 

Rolling Stones frontman, rock'n'roll legend and cricket tragic Mick Jagger paid a special tribute to Warne

Rolling Stones frontman, rock’n’roll legend and cricket tragic Mick Jagger paid a special tribute to Warne

Australian batsman David Warner shared a picture of Warne and Marsh in a tribute to both men, who lost their lives today

Australian batsman David Warner shared a picture of Warne and Marsh in a tribute to both men, who lost their lives today

Australian great Adam Gilchrist tweeted that he was heartbroken

Australian great Adam Gilchrist tweeted that he was heartbroken

Hugh Jackman, the actor and cricket mad Australian, was friends with Warne and shared a photo of them together today

Hugh Jackman, the actor and cricket mad Australian, was friends with Warne and shared a photo of them together today

England's players held a one minute's silence in Warne's memory before their tour game in Antigua

England’s players held a one minute’s silence in Warne’s memory before their tour game in Antigua 

Kevin Pietersen tweeted 'f***' in a stunned reaction to the death of legend Shane Warne

Kevin Pietersen tweeted ‘f***’ in a stunned reaction to the death of legend Shane Warne

Kevin Pietersen (right) tweeted his stunned reaction to the news of his friend Warne's death

Kevin Pietersen (right) tweeted his stunned reaction to the news of his friend Warne’s death

England all-rounder Ben Stokes expressed his shock at the news of Shane Warne's passing

England all-rounder Ben Stokes expressed his shock at the news of Shane Warne’s passing

The Indian cricket hero Virender Sehwag described Warne as one of the 'greatest spinners'

The Indian cricket hero Virender Sehwag described Warne as one of the ‘greatest spinners’

Shadab Khan said that Warne had been his inspiration to become a leg spinner

Shadab Khan said that Warne had been his inspiration to become a leg spinner 

The Indian player Dinesh Kharthik wrote: ‘Shane Warne… Really!!! Tell me it’s not true please. The world will remember you… Rest in Peace #Legend.’ 

Warne’s management released a brief statement on Friday saying that he passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack.

He is believed to have been in Ko Samui at the time of his death.

‘Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,’ the statement reads.

‘The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.’

Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan wrote: ‘Sad, speechless, and completely shocked. An incredible loss to cricket. I have no words. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the sport. Rest in Peace, Shane Warne. Sending my condolences to his loved ones.’ 

Tributes also came in from the world of sport with former England footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker writing: ‘Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died. The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t quite believe it. RIP Shane.’ 

India's Dinesh Kharthik was unable to register the shock news of Warne's passing

India’s Dinesh Kharthik was unable to register the shock news of Warne’s passing

Former footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was 'saddened and shocked'

Former footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was ‘saddened and shocked’

The playboy larrikin of Australian cricket took 708 wickets in his illustrious 15 year career but was equally as noted for his life off the field as on it.  

He delivered the Ball of the Century with his first ball of the 1993 Ashes tour, bowling Mike Gatting with a ball that turned from well outside leg stump to clip the off bail. and instantly wrote himself into folklore.

He was banned in 2003 for taking a prohibited substance – which he blamed on his mother for giving him a diuretic to ‘improve his appearance’.

But he returned in 2004 and in the Third Ashes Test of 2005, he became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets.

 Off the field, his exploits, beloved by the British tabloids took their toll on his marriage and he split from wife Simone, mother of his three children.

He was famously pictured in the News of the World in his underwear with models Coralie Eichholz and Emma Kearney following his divorce.

But he shocked the world when he hooked up and later became engaged to English actress Liz Hurley in 2010, before the pair eventually split in 2013. 

She reinvented him from knockabout Aussie to debonair gentleman with a sleek new look, and tamed some of his party spirit. 

‘I smoked, I drank, I bowled a bit. No regrets’: From the Ball of the Century to cosmetic surgery, sex texts and drug ban, how cricket legend Shane Warne hogged centre stage throughout his larger-than-life 52 years

Shane Warne, who passed away in Thailand today aged 52 of a suspected heart attack, was one of the greatest and most iconic cricketers of all time.

The Australian leg spin bowler could turn a ball on a six pence and was the second highest wicket taker ever, often skittling the best players in the world with a flick of the wrist.

But the flamboyant star’s illustrious career was matched by his fame off the pitch, with him wrapped up in sex scandals, drug taking, bouts of plastic surgery and gambling.

Just two years ago allegations emerged the Aussie legend was involved in a noisy four-way sex party with his lover and two escorts at his home in north west London.

Meanwhile his career was nearly ruined during the 2003 World Cup when he tested positive for diuretics – which can be used to mask other substances – while the star claimed his mother gave it to him for weight loss.

And back in 1998 it emerged that three years earlier the Australian Cricket Board had fined him and Mark Waugh for accepting money from a bookmaker allegedly for information about pitch and weather conditions.

Off the pitch the cricketer dated a raft of stunning women during and after his career, including the actress Liz Hurley – who he was engaged to – and reportedly the glamour model Emily Sears.

Triple M Sydney radio host Lawrence Mooney, a friend of Warne, said last year: ‘His life is Tinder, beers, darts, gambling and cricket. Those five things, that’s it.’

In his own words, the star said: ‘I liked loud music, I smoked, I drank, and I bowled a bit of leg spin. I don’t have any regrets.’

Despite the controversies, the ‘spin king’ remained a world-renown and well loved member of the cricketing community, most recently coaching London Spirit in The Hundred and commentating on the Ashes.

Shane Warne, who passed away in Thailand today aged 52 of a suspected heart attack, was one of the greatest and most iconic cricketers of all time

Shane Warne, who passed away in Thailand today aged 52 of a suspected heart attack, was one of the greatest and most iconic cricketers of all time

Off the pitch the cricketer dated a raft of stunning women during and after his career, including the actress Liz Hurley (pictured) - who he was engaged to - and reportedly the glamour model Emily Sears

Off the pitch the cricketer dated a raft of stunning women during and after his career, including the actress Liz Hurley (pictured) – who he was engaged to – and reportedly the glamour model Emily Sears

Warne was born in Melbourne in 1969 to Keith, an insurance consultant, and Brigitte, whose family emigrated from German after the Second World War.

The youngster proved talented at Australian Rules football and won a sports scholarship to Mentone Grammar School aged 15.

After school he was handed a trial contract at St Kilda Saints, but 18 months later it was not renewed.

Warne had until that point not shown a huge interest in cricket, despite his local club saying he was ‘quite good as a batsman’.

But it soon emerged he was a talented spinner of the ball, despite his small, chubby hands.

By 1992 Warne had proved himself at a local level and made it into the Australian set up, making his Test debut against India.

He had a tricky start in international cricket but his career skyrocketed the next year and he went on to become one of the best players the game ever saw.

Warne’s retirement remained just as frantic as his playing schedule, with the former athlete wrapped up in numerous sex scandals following boozy nights out in Britain, Australia or the US.

In a heartbreaking documentary, he confronted being caught cheating on his then wife Simone Callahanwith multiple women, which led to their marriage breaking down in 2005.

The Amazon Prime programme, which came out this year, saw him admit to drowning his sorrows alone in his hotel room, drinking until he was ‘crying on the floor’ after his family fled England in the wake of the scandals.

Ms Callahan also spoke about her own heartbreak after landing in the UK to find stories of her husband’s numerous infidelities splashed across newspaper front pages. 

She told the show she and the couple’s three children, Brooke, Jackson and Summer, ‘were going to set up a life in England’ and had uprooted their lives in Australia to do so.

Warne revealed that ‘unfortunately there was a story that broke of me with two women just before they landed… Simone read that story.’

Callahan described the litany of newspaper articles about her husband’s affairs as: ‘Shane’s with this [woman], Shane’s with this [woman], Shane’s with that [woman].’ 

‘My life was pretty much turned on its head,’ the former model-turned-yoga instructor said. ‘It wasn’t even a two-week turnaround before I came back to Australia.’

The spin bowler ultimately owned up to his mistakes, confessing in an interview at the time: ‘I gave into temptation, gave into opportunity.’

The pair, who share children Brooke, Jackson and Summer, briefly reconciled after their divorce, but split for good in 2010.

Ex-files: Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan (left) also revealed her own heartbreak at landing in the UK to find stories of her husband's numerous infidelities splashed across newspaper front pages

Pictured: Warne admitting to giving in to 'temptations' in a 2005 interview

Ex-files: Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan (left) also revealed her own heartbreak at landing in the UK to find stories of her husband’s numerous infidelities splashed across newspaper front pages. Pictured right: Warne admitting to giving in to ‘temptations’ in a 2005 interview

Happier times: Callahan said she and the couple's three children 'were going to set up a life in England' and had uprooted their lives in Australia to do so. Pictured here on their wedding day

Happier times: Callahan said she and the couple’s three children ‘were going to set up a life in England’ and had uprooted their lives in Australia to do so. Pictured here on their wedding day

Another sex scandal was finally uncovered in 2018, when Warne revealed the full details of his infamous threesome with two models and a blow-up sex toy.

Warne was playing a county cricket game in England in 2006 when he was sent a text inviting him to meet with 25-year-old Coralie Eichholtz and he friend Emma Kearney, 25.

Pictures of their tryst were published in the media – featuring Warne wearing Playboy underwear – and the cricketer said the betrayal still angered him.

At the time, Ms Eichholtz sent him a text saying ‘You should be here with me’, followed up by a photo of her and Ms Kearney kissing each other.

‘They were in London, I was in Southampton. I texted back, saying I’d be there in an hour,’ Warne wrote in his book No Spin.

After picking up three bottles of alcohol, Warne drove to Kearney’s house in Knightsbridge where the sexual escapade took place.

‘They got up and started dancing with each other, very provocatively, very sexual, kissing each other,’ Warne wrote.

Warne watched them while smoking and having a drink, before the women pulled out a ‘massive, inflatable sex toy’.

‘There was a lot of laughter, another drink, and one thing led to another. I started kissing them both, clothes off, and then, from nowhere, they pulled a bed out of the wall! Well, we just went for it,’ Warne wrote.

After the trio had sex, Warne left the apartment at 2.30am and drove to the cricket ground.

He slept in his car for a few hours before playing, and took seven wickets in his Hampshire side’s win over Middlesex. Coming off the field, Warne said he was ‘tired out’.

Before and after: It was during his first trip to England in 1989 that Warne stacked on the kilos through a combination of beer and unhealthy eating

'I went over [weighing] 79 kilos; six months later I went home [weighing] 99 kilos,' he recounted

Before and after: It was during his first trip to England in 1989 that Warne stacked on the kilos through a combination of beer and unhealthy eating

Warne dated former Playboy model Emily Scott in 2014

Warne dated former Playboy model Emily Scott in 2014

In early 2016, 24-year-old Simone Toon claimed she met Shane on the website richsugardaddies.com

In early 2016, 24-year-old Simone Toon claimed she met Shane on the website richsugardaddies.com

In 2019, Warne was also reported to have had a noisy four-way sex party with his lover and two escorts at his London home.

The spin bowler, then 49, threw the windows open at his £2.7million Maida Vale mansion in and his antics were said to be so loud the neighbours could hear.

His unnamed lover had turned up at home with two sex workers identified as Davina, 19, and Poppy, 27, who worked for £400 and £500 respectively.

One onlooker said: ‘He was having quite a party in there and didn’t seem to give a damn who heard what was going on. He left the windows wide open and you could clearly hear all the noises.’

In 2000, he lost the Australia vice-captaincy for sending erotic texts to a British nurse while he was a father and married.

After a series of high-profile romps, he tried to get back with Simone but accidentally sent her a saucy text which was meant for a different woman.

Warne started dating Liz Hurley in 2011 and were engaged but this was later called off.  Allegations that he had a 2011 fling with porn star Chloe Conrad were published by the Sunday Mirror.

Shortly after, Hurley tweeted: ‘Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember, love is like a rollercoaster ride- sometimes it’s exhilarating but sometimes you feel sick and want to get off.’

But the pair managed to move past the allegations, staying together until their split in late 2013.

The following year, Shane began a short relationship with former Playboy model Emily Scott. He claimed the two were just friends, before he was spotted by photographers on a late night visit to her house.

After his split from Emily he was seen on a night out with Sophie Monk. Sophie claims the couple kissed, but Shane has denied the claims.

The single star has also hit the headlines in recent years for his reported use of online dating apps.

In 2015, single mother Kim McGrath revealed to Woman’s Day that she hooked up with Shane after the pair were matched on Tinder.

Kim told the magazine she and Shane had a wild sex romp, with Shane ‘asking her to stand in the corner in her high heels while he spanked her’ before the cricket ace encouraged her to try a few ‘porno’ style moves.

In early 2016, 24-year-old Simone Toon claimed she met Shane on the website richsugardaddies.com. The busty model told the Sun that Warne sent pictures of his manhoood, before saying he wanted to ‘whip and spank’ her.

The newspaper stated that Simone Toon said the spin king was ‘begging her for a kinky threesome with a ‘sl*t” just minutes after they met.

Several months later, Shane was caught by paparazzi heading to Brynne Edelsten’s apartment for a ‘nightcap’. Shane accused Brynne of tipping off the photographers, with the busty blonde hitting back, showing Woman’s Day the cricket star’s texts.

‘Excited for me to devour u? X’ one of Warne’s steamy messages to Brynne read.

And in 2018 in London, Shane was snapped smooching a blonde woman, who was revealed as twentysomething law student, Kathryn Long.

Away from the sex scandals, Warne courted yet more controversy, having failed a drugs test at the cricket World Cup in 2003 and being sent home.

Warne had tested positive for a diuretic – a drug often used to help weight loss or as a masking agent for other drugs. Warne protested his innocence, saying: ‘It’s not finalised until my B sample.

‘I was shocked and absolutely devastated that the test sample indicated a presence of a prohibited substance. I’m shocked because I have not taken performance enhancing drugs.

‘I did take a fluid tablet before my comeback game in Sydney. The tablet is supposed to dehydrate you and rid your body of any excess fluid. I didn’t know it contained any banned substance.

‘I have never taken performance enhancing drugs and am confident it will be cleared up soon. My previous tests have always come back negative.’

Warne later claimed that his mother Bridgette had given him the pill without realising it would affect any drugs tests.

‘RIP King’: England’s players holding a one minute’s silence in Warne’s memory before their tour game in Antigua as Kevin Pietersen leads the stunned reaction

 The world of cricket has reacted with shock to the news of Shane Warne’s death from a heart attack at the age of 52.

The iconic Australian leg-spinner passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack, his management company said in a statement.

The former England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen, who was a close friend of Warne’s, tweeted ‘F***’ when the news broke followed by a string of crying emojis and the hashtag #RIPKing.’ 

The current England all-rounder Ben Stokes posted: ‘Australian Legend. @rajasthanroyals Legend. Was an honour to know you and work with you. This man is a LEGEND. #theking’

England's players held a one minute's silence in Warne's memory before their tour game in Antigua

England’s players held a one minute’s silence in Warne’s memory before their tour game in Antigua 

South African women's players observe a minute's silence for Shane Warne during Round 1 of the Women's Cricket World Cup in Dunedin, New Zealand

South African women’s players observe a minute’s silence for Shane Warne during Round 1 of the Women’s Cricket World Cup in Dunedin, New Zealand

English cricket legend Ian Botham wrote: ‘I’ve lost a great friend on and off the playing field. ‘One of the best’ my thoughts are with Jackson Summer & Brooke….RIP Warnster.’

Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted a broken heart emoji with the caption: ‘Love ya king.’  

The England team held a minute’s silence for Warne ahead of the fourth day of their tour match in the West Indies. 

 Ex-England batsman Ian Bell wrote: ‘Surely not??? Utterly heartbreaking.’ 

‘There are no words. A hero growing up and the greatest player I ever played against. I can’t believe it. My thoughts are with his loved ones.’

England Cricket’s official account posted a tribute to their long-time rival writing: ‘One of the greatest of all-time. A legend. A genius. You changed Cricket. RIP Shane Warne.’

Lancashire and England cricketer stated that Warne was the reason why he wears the number 23 jersey.

He wrote: ‘ The day I get my kit, with my new squad number… all came from one man, my idol growing up, the reason I bowl leg spin and the reason I now wear 23. Sad day for the world of cricket!! RIP @ShaneWarne a true cricketing legend!’ 

Luke Wright, who played alongside Warne for the Melbourne Stars, commented: ‘Shocked and incredibly sad to hear that Shane Warne has passed away. It was a dream come true playing along side him for the @StarsBBL. Thoughts with his family. RIP Shane.’

The Pakistani former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar tweeted: ‘Just heard the devastating news about legendary Shane Warne passing away. No words to describe how shocked & sad i am.

‘What a legend. What a man. What a cricketer.’ 

Rohit Sharma posted on Twitter: ‘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.’ 

Indian cricket hero Virender Sehwag tweeted: ‘Cannot believe it. One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more. 

‘Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world.’

Pakistani cricketer Shadab Khan said: Heartbroken about @ShaneWarne’s news. Rest in peace legend. I used to keep watching him take wickets on TV. So when I started proper cricket, I decided to become a legspinner. Have no words to express my sorrow. Prayers for the departed and family.’ 

The Indian player Dinesh Kharthik wrote: ‘Shane Warne… Really!!! Tell me it’s not true please. The world will remember you… Rest in Peace #Legend.’ 

Warne’s management released a brief statement on Friday saying that he passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack.

He is believed to have been in Ko Samui at the time of his death.

‘Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,’ the statement reads.

‘The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.’

Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan wrote: ‘Sad, speechless, and completely shocked. An incredible loss to cricket. I have no words. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the sport. Rest in Peace, Shane Warne. Sending my condolences to his loved ones.’ 

His team-mate Jasprit Bumrah wrote: ‘Shocked beyond words. A legend of our game, an icon, and someone who revolutionised spin bowling. RIP Shane Warne.’

Tributes also came in from the world of sport with former England footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker writing: ‘Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died. The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t quite believe it. RIP Shane.’  

Shane Warne’s turbulent love life: Cricket legend who has died aged 52 had failed engagement to Elizabeth Hurley, 10-year marriage, ‘kinky sex romps’, cheating scandals – and plenty of social media flirting with celebs

By Jessica Green for MailOnline  

Shane Warne endured a difficult love life – including a 10-year marriage which was surrounded by cheating scandals, a failed engagement to Elizabeth Hurley, and unsuccessful flirtations on social media with celebrities.

The Australian cricketer turned pundit, one of the finest bowlers of all time who revived the art of leg-spin, has died aged 52 following a suspected heart attack. 

Warne – a larger-than-life character whose 708 Test wickets has only been surpassed by contemporary rival and fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan – could not be revived after being found unresponsive in his Thailand villa on Friday. 

The cricket legend – who retired in 2013 but continued to be involved in the game as a broadcaster – was equally as noted for his life off the field as on it.

Having had his fair share of high-profile romances – most notably a failed engagement to Elizabeth Hurley, his scandalous love life also included a 10-year marriage to former model Simone Callahan, whom he divorced in 2005.

He also faced multiple sexting scandals dating back to 2000, was spotted trying to flirt across social media with glamour models and celebs such as Kate Beckinsale, and at 51 was still found to be on Tinder.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look back at the cricketer’s colourful love life… 

10-YEAR MARRIAGE

For ten years he was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan (pictured together in 2007), having three children together: Jackson, Summer and Brooke

For ten years he was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan (pictured together in 2007), having three children together: Jackson, Summer and Brooke

The couple (pictured on their wedding day) split after a decade, and in a heartbreaking documentary, he confronted being caught cheating on his then wife Simone with multiple women, which led to their marriage breaking down in 2005

The couple (pictured on their wedding day) split after a decade, and in a heartbreaking documentary, he confronted being caught cheating on his then wife Simone with multiple women, which led to their marriage breaking down in 2005 

Warne pictured in a recent post at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne with his son, Jackson (right)

Warne pictured in a recent post at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne with his son, Jackson (right)

During his career he gained a reputation as the blonde-haired, blue-eyed hero of the sport, buccaneering bowler on the pitch and a playboy off it, famed for his love of beer and cigarettes. 

For ten years he was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone, having three children together: Jackson, Summer and Brooke. 

The couple split after a decade, and in a heartbreaking documentary, he confronted being caught cheating on his then wife Simone with multiple women, which led to their marriage breaking down in 2005.

The Amazon Prime programme, which came out this year, saw him admit to drowning his sorrows alone in his hotel room, drinking until he was ‘crying on the floor’ after his family fled England in the wake of the scandals.

Ms Callahan also spoke about her own heartbreak after landing in the UK to find stories of her husband’s numerous infidelities splashed across newspaper front pages. 

She told the show she and the couple’s three children ‘were going to set up a life in England’ and had uprooted their lives in Australia to do so.

Warne revealed that ‘unfortunately there was a story that broke of me with two women just before they landed… Simone read that story.’

Callahan described the litany of newspaper articles about her husband’s affairs as: ‘Shane’s with this [woman], Shane’s with this [woman], Shane’s with that [woman].’ 

‘My life was pretty much turned on its head,’ the former model-turned-yoga instructor said. ‘It wasn’t even a two-week turnaround before I came back to Australia.’

The spin bowler ultimately owned up to his mistakes, confessing in an interview at the time: ‘I gave into temptation, gave into opportunity.’

The pair, who share children Brooke, Jackson and Summer, briefly reconciled after their divorce, but split for good in 2007.

ENGAGEMENT TO ELIZABETH HURLEY 

Warne and Elizabeth Hurley (pictured in 2013) first got together in late 2010, before Warne popped the question to the Austin Powers actress in September 2011, but they sadly split in 2013

Warne and Elizabeth Hurley (pictured in 2013) first got together in late 2010, before Warne popped the question to the Austin Powers actress in September 2011, but they sadly split in 2013

Warne and his ex girlfriend Emily Scott pictured in 2014. The pair split after just three months together

Warne and his ex girlfriend Emily Scott pictured in 2014. The pair split after just three months together

Warne and Elizabeth Hurley first got together in late 2010, before Warne popped the question to the Austin Powers actress in September 2011, but they sadly split in 2013.

He said of the romance in 2018: ‘Who knows what the future holds. There’s a difference between in love with someone and loving someone.

‘I’ll always love Elizabeth but I don’t think we’ll ever get back together.’ 

Warne’s words came a few days after he branded his romance with Elizabeth as being the ‘happiest time of his life.’   

The cricketer reflected back on his romance with Elizabeth, saying: ‘When we were together we both had a great time. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.

‘It wasn’t something that she or I did wrong, it just fizzled out.  We’re still great friends, we still stay in touch, we’re good for each other and our kids get along great.’

SEX SCANDALS 

Warne's love of beautiful women was well-known. The former spin bowling ace is pictured with friends at a New Year's Eve party in 2016

Warne’s love of beautiful women was well-known. The former spin bowling ace is pictured with friends at a New Year’s Eve party in 2016

In 2006, Warne, then 36, was playing a county cricket game in England when he was sent a text inviting him to meet with 25-year-old Coralie Eichholtz (pictured) and her friend Emma Kearney, 25

In 2006, Warne, then 36, was playing a county cricket game in England when he was sent a text inviting him to meet with 25-year-old Coralie Eichholtz (pictured) and her friend Emma Kearney, 25

History of Shane Warne’s love life

1995: The cricketer and Simon Callaghan wed  

2005: Warne and Simone split after 10 years of marriage. The pair would later go on to reconcile

2006: The News Of The World published pictures of Warne in his underwear with models Coralie Eichholz  

2007: Warne and Simone finally call time on their relationship  

December 2010: Warne goes public with his relationship with Elizabeth Hurley after pictures of them kissing are published. Shortly after reports surface that the British actress dumped him after he had text Melbourne-based businesswoman Adele Angeleri

September 2011: Warne and Liz become engaged

December 2013: The cricketer and Liz call time on their romance

June 2014: Pictured kissing DJ and model Emily Scott – pair confirm romance the following month

July 2014: He’s pictured on a night out with Sophie Monk in London. Later she claims they kissed but Warne denies this is true  

September 2014: Warne and Emily Scott break up due to being in ‘different places’

January 2015: Kim McGrath tells Woman’s Day magazine that she went on two dates with the cricketer

January 2016: The cricketer is reportedly contacted by Coronation Street actor Oliver Mellor after ‘pestering’ actor’s fiancee busty Rhian Sudgen

March 2016: Warne reveals he has a crush on Carmen Electra and Kyle and Jackie O set up a date over text

March 2016: Simone Toon, 24, claims she hooked up with cricketer after meeting him on richsugardaddies.com

2019: Warne reportedly has a noisy four-way sex party at his London home 

In 2019, it was reported Warne had allegedly had a noisy four-way sex party with his lover and two escorts at his £2.7million Maida Vale home in north-west London.

The spin bowler threw the windows open wide and his antics with his unnamed lover and two sex workers identified as Davina, 19, and Poppy, 27, were reportedly so loud the neighbours could hear. 

They left from the TV pundit’s home two hours later when his lover drove them away in his Jaguar, according to The Sun.  

One onlooker said: ‘He was having quite a party in there and didn’t seem to give a damn who heard what was going on. He left the windows wide open and you could clearly hear all the noises.’

It was the latest in a series of sex scandals for the cricketer.

In 2000, he lost the Australia vice-captaincy for sending erotic texts to a British nurse while he was a father and married to wife Simone.

After a series of high-profile romps, he tried to get back with Simone but accidentally sent her a saucy text which was meant for a different woman.

In 2006, Warne, then 36, was playing a county cricket game in England when he was sent a text inviting him to meet with 25-year-old Coralie Eichholtz and her friend Emma Kearney, 25.

Pictures of their tryst were published in the media – featuring Warne wearing Playboy underwear.

It was the latest in a series of sex scandals for the cricketer; earlier that year he raised eyebrows by flirting with 21-year-old Love Island contestant Lucie Donlan on Instagram, who is younger than his eldest daughter.

In 2000, he lost the Australia vice-captaincy for sending erotic texts to a British nurse while he was a father and married to wife Simone.

After a series of high-profile romps, he tried to get back with Simone but accidentally sent her a saucy text which was meant for a different woman.

In 2006, Warne, then 36, was playing a county cricket game in England when he was sent a text inviting him to meet with 25-year-old Coralie Eichholtz and her friend Emma Kearney, 25.

Pictures of their tryst were published in the media – featuring Warne wearing Playboy underwear. 

‘I’m not a criminal… yes, I’m into women, which has cost me massively, time after time,’ Warne wrote in his book No Spin.

‘To me, only a pretty sad mind goes undercover to make a few bucks out of a friend and a guy she’s never met before. Either that or Coralie was lying and she set the whole thing up. Then it’s even worse.’

FAN OF TINDER

Warne's Tinder profile as it appeared on the app several years ago, pictured

Warne’s Tinder profile as it appeared on the app several years ago, pictured

'He couldn't keep his hands off me': In 2016, it was reported that Warne enjoyed a tryst with 24-year-old Simone Toon (pictured) after meeting on a sugar daddy website

‘He couldn’t keep his hands off me’: In 2016, it was reported that Warne enjoyed a tryst with 24-year-old Simone Toon (pictured) after meeting on a sugar daddy website

The star had also hit the headlines in recent years for his reported use of online dating apps.

Triple M Sydney radio host Lawrence Mooney, a friend of Warne, said last year: ‘His life is Tinder, beers, darts, gambling and cricket. Those five things, that’s it.’ 

In 2015, single mother Kim McGrath claimed to Woman’s Day that she hooked up with Warne after the pair were matched on Tinder.

Kim told the magazine that she and Warne had a wild sex romp, with Warne ‘asking her to stand in the corner in her high heels while he spanked her’ before the cricket ace encouraged her to try a few ‘porno’ style moves.

In early 2016, 24-year-old Simone Toon claimed she met Warne on the website richsugardaddies.com.

The busty model told The Sun that Warne sent pictures of his manhoood, before saying he wanted to ‘whip and spank’ her.

The newspaper reported that Simone Toon said the Spin King was ‘begging her for a kinky threesome with a ‘sl*t” just minutes after they met.

Several months later, Warne was caught by paparazzi heading to socialite Brynne Edelsten’s apartment for a ‘nightcap’. Shane accused Brynne of tipping off the photographers, with the busty blonde hitting back, showing Woman’s Day the cricket star’s texts.

‘Excited for me to devour u? X’ one of Warne’s steamy messages to Brynne read.

And last year in London, Warne was snapped smooching a blonde woman, who was revealed as twenty-something law student, Kathryn Long. 

SOCIAL MEDIA FLIRTATIONS

Warne went on a 'liking spree' of Kate's Instagram in recent months (pictured above)

Warne went on a ‘liking spree’ of Kate’s Instagram in recent months (pictured above)

Bowled over! In 2019, Warne commented, 'You crushed it!', below one of Love Island Lucie Donlan's Instagram photos which showed her posing in black lingerie

Bowled over! In 2019, Warne commented, ‘You crushed it!’, below one of Love Island Lucie Donlan’s Instagram photos which showed her posing in black lingerie 

In February 2022, Warne hit headlines after ‘liking’ and commenting on Kate Beckinsale’s Instagram posts, sparking rumours of a romance. 

‘It’s no wonder Warney’s all over Kate. She’s a younger version of his ex Elizabeth Hurley,’ a source told Woman’s Day. The insider even described Warne and Kate as a potential ‘match made in heaven’.   

While mother-of-one Kate didn’t appear to reciprocate the cricketer’s advances, this didn’t stop him from going on a liking spree across several weeks. 

In December, Warne left a flirty comment underneath a video of Kate standing in the rain without an umbrella.  ‘You are hilarious!!!!’ Warne wrote, adding a crying-with-laughter emoji. 

One fan noticed his flirty advances and replied directly to Warne’s comment: ‘Ooooh Warney going for it. His next Liz Hurley.’

‘Shane is certainly getting her attention by making sure he pops up in her Instagram notifications just in case,’ the source told Woman’s Day.

Meanwhile, he raised eyebrows by flirting with 21-year-old Love Island contestant Lucie Donlan on Instagram, who is younger than his eldest daughter in 2019.



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