Shane Warne's death came as a shocking piece of news. Image Credit: Reuters

Shane Warne, 52, the Australian spin legend has dies of a 'suspected' heart attack. It turned out to be a black Friday for Australian cricket, which lost two of it's biggest heroes in a day - with Rod Marsh passing away this morning.

The news of Warne's death, widely regarded as the greatest leg-spinner of all time, was confirmed by his management company on Friday.

Warne's management said he died in Koh Samui, Thailand, of a suspected heart attack.

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

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


David Warner , a former vice-captain and one of the prolific Australian batters, wrote on Instagram: "Two legends of our game have left us too soon. Im lost for words, and this is extremely sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just can not believe it. #rip, you will both be missed." Warne's last post on Twitter, 12 hours before his death was reported was a tribute to Marsh.

"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."

After ending his test career, Warne played in the Indian Premier League and other Twenty20 competitions before retiring from all international cricket in 2013, but continued to be involved in the game as a broadcaster.