SHANE Warne’s final moments have been revealed after the cricket legend died of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand.
The Australian sports hero, 52, was found unresponsive by pal Andrew Neophitou in his room at the luxury villa they were staying in yesterday.
Thai police have now confirmed they have ruled out any suspicious circumstances following Warne’s death.
His manager James Erskine shed light on the athlete’s final moments on the Fox Sports special Remembering Shane Warne.
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He said the group was supposed to go out for drinks at 5pm when Andrew knocked on his door and realized “something was wrong”.
James added, “He walked in there and said, ‘Come on, you’re late,’ and then he realized something was wrong.
“And he turned him over and gave him CPR and mouth-to-mouth, which took about 20 minutes, and then the ambulance came.
“They took him to the hospital which was about a 20 minute drive away and about 45 minutes later I got a call saying he was pronounced dead.”
Warne had spent the day watching Australia’s Test cricketers take on Pakistan from the bedroom before the tragedy unfolded.
He had come to the country with friends on Thursday for a boys’ holiday.
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James explained that Warne, who “hadn’t been drinking,” was “lying down” when he was spotted without a heartbeat.
He added: “He doesn’t drink, has never done drugs. He hated drugs, so nothing unusual.
“He would do the things he loves to do. He would play a poker tournament or two, play a lot of golf, be with his kids, that was it; [to] have time to yourself.”
His comments came after Australian officials arrived in Koh Samui to begin repatriating the cricketer’s body to Melbourne.
Thai police said today: “Based on our investigation, no foul play was suspected at the scene.”
Warne’s mother Bridgette has now spoken out following the Australian bowler’s tragic death.
She told The Herald Sun: “We’re just in shock. We are okay.”
Warne’s father, Keith, has yet to comment but said he would release a tribute at a later date.
James also revealed that Warne’s children Brooke, Summer and Jackson were “devastated” by their father’s death.
His management team released a brief statement yesterday confirming the cricket ace has passed away.
It came just hours after Warne shared a recent Instagram post of the pool at the Thailand mansion.
He had also tweeted his “sorrow” at the death of cricket legend Rod Marsh, who suffered a heart attack at the age of 74.
He said: “Sad to hear that Rod Marsh has passed away. 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 players from Australia and England.
“Sending lots of love to Ros and the family. RIP buddy.”
Shane captained Australia national team at One Day Internationals and was widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.
As well as playing internationally, he played cricket for his home state of Victoria and English cricket for Hampshire.
The star captained Hampshire for three seasons from 2005 to 2007 and played his first Test match in 1992, winning over 1,000 international wickets.
Perhaps the most watched cricket clip of all time, the icon’s Ball of the Century at Old Trafford in 1993 was the beginning of the leg spinner legend.
His very first delivery in Ashe’s cricket spun around in the air, landing outside of Mike Gatting’s leg stump and spinning so wildly it scraped the top of the stump.
Australia won the match and took the Ashes. Gatting’s confused look as he trotted off was picture.
On December 21, 2006, Warned announced his retirement after the fifth Ashes test match at the SCG.
He said it was his intention to “go to the top”, adding that he might have retired after the 2005 Ashes series if Australia had won.
CRICKET BAD BOY
Warne was also known for his antics off the cricket pitch and was later branded as the sport’s bad boy.
His wife Simone Callahan separated from him in 2005 after years of allegations of cheating.
The final straw came as new claims surfaced that Warne had been stalking three other women after Simone arrived in England, just as the Ashes series was about to begin.
She returned to Australia with her three children, Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20.
In a new documentary released just two months ago, titled Shane, he admitted, “I think that was the lowest.
“The impact on my kids, they wouldn’t see me and that was my fault.
“I would go back and raid the minibar. I was alone on the hotel room floor shouting ‘You idiot’.”
He later dated Hurley and moved into their Brighton mansion, where the couple announced their engagement in 2011.
After they split in 2013, Shane said he would have to “live with it for the rest of my life” about what he did to his family.
In 2016 he is said to have met American student Kathryn Long.
He was most recently reportedly dating Australian model Emily Sears.
He began dating the 37-year-old in March 2017 and confirmed the relationship in June this year.
They were first spotted at a Los Angeles restaurant where they shared a three-hour meal.
‘GREATEST OF TIME’
Tributes have poured in for the cricket legend after the heartbreaking news was announced yesterday.
Piers Morgan described his close friend as “unique, wild, mischievous” in his column for The Sun.
He added: “I am absolutely disappointed that he left so soon and I will miss him enormously.
“But I’ve enjoyed every second of my hundreds of hours in his exciting, unpredictable, and always entertaining company, and how many people in life can you say that about?”
Gary Lineker tweeted: “I am terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has passed away.
“The greatest spin bowler of all time. I can hardly believe it. RIP Shane.”
England cricket hero Monty Panesar told TalkRadio: “This is absolutely devastating, I’m sure the cricket community will be in complete shock.”
He said Warne was one of the “legends of the game” – “on and off the field it was incredible what he did for cricket.”
Monty continued, “It’s absolutely shocking. I can’t believe I’m even talking to you about this.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4828126/shane-warne-last-moments-villa/ Shane Warne’s final moments have been revealed before pal knocked on his door at his Thai villa and realized “something is wrong”.