Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was looking to ‘get shredded’ just days before his sudden death in Thailand.
The spin king, who snared 708 test wickets in a glittering career, posted on Instagram he planned to spend part of his time overseas fine-tuning his body to reach a desired weight of 80kg.
In news that has rocked the sport, Warne, 52, died after a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui – he was found unresponsive by friends in his Thailand villa.
Police confirmed a number of his mates who joined him abroad attempted to perform CPR before he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Thai International Hospital.
In a fitness program Warned labelled ‘operation shred’, his updates on social media have impressed many of his adoring 1.3 million followers.
On Tuesday, the father of three – who was once engaged to actress Liz Hurley – posted on Instagram an old photo of him training shirtless
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was looking to ‘get shredded’ just days before his sudden death in Thailand
In news which has rocked the sport, Warne, 52, has died after a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui (pictured, with son Jackson)
On Thursday night, Shane Warne shared an image of the infinity pool from his hotel in Koh Sumai. His death from a heart attack 24 hours later has shocked world sport
‘Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago ! Let’s go.’
Warne previously scoffed at rumours he was using weight loss drugs, before confirming his ‘secret’ was traditional Chinese medicine and cardio training.
‘I’ve dropped 14kg, I’m trying to lose another three or four more to get down to 80kg but I haven’t had any work done to my head,’ he said.
‘I haven’t had, whatever they call it, fillers, injections and all that sort of stuff.’
Warne’s death came just hours after the passing of fellow Aussie cricket legend Rod Marsh on Friday.
‘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,’ Warne tweeted.
‘Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate.’
Eerily, Warne wished ‘good night’ to his followers from the Thai villa where he was staying shortly before his tragic death.
On what is believed to be his first night at the luxury Samujana Villas resort in Koh Samui, he shared an image of its infinity pool.
Warne’s death – which has rocked the world of cricket – was confirmed by his management company.
‘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.
‘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.’
Warne became a global star in 1993 by bowling Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket.
He went on to torment teams all over the world in his whites, especially Australia’s great rival England.
During his career Warne gained a reputation as the blonde-haired, blue-eyed hero of the sport, a champion bowler on the pitch and a playboy off it, famed for his love of baked beans, beer and cigarettes.
Warne became a global star in 1993 after bowling Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket
During his career Warne gained a reputation as the blonde-haired, blue-eyed hero of the sport, a champion bowler on the pitch and a playboy off it, famed for his love of high profile women, baked beans, gin and cigarettes
The father of three was also once engaged to actress Liz Hurley (pictured left at the Ascot races in the UK)
News of Warne’s death was met with shock by former team-mates and rivals alike.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, – a close friend of Warne’s – tweeted ‘F***’ when the news broke followed by a string of crying emojis and the hashtag #RIPKing.’
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.’
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.’
Australian captain Pat Cummins also delivered a moving video tribute.
‘We are all numbed by the news. Shane was a once-in-a-century cricketer and his achievements will stand for all time, but apart from the wickets he took and the games he helped Australia win, what he did was draw so many people to the sport,’ he said.
‘So many of us in the playing group grew up idolising him and fell in love with this great sport as a result, while many of our support staff either played with him or against him.
‘It has been a terrible couple of days for Australian cricket with the passing of Rod Marsh and now Shane. Our thoughts are with both families and, in Shane’s case, particularly with his parents Keith and Bridgette, his brother Jason and his children Jackson, Summer and Brooke.
‘The game of cricket was never the same after Shane emerged, and it will never be the same now he has gone. Rest in peace King.’
After retiring from the sport, Warne successfully moved into commentary where he didn’t pack any punches
Australian cricket is in mourning after the deaths of Rod Marsh and Shane Warne (pictured)
Shane Warne’s love of beautiful women added to his character in the eyes of many fans