Shane Warne’s three children are in ‘complete shock’ and describe his sudden death at 52 from a heart attack as ‘like a bad dream’ as the world mourns cricket’s greatest bowler
Shane Warne’s children are in ‘complete shock’ after his sudden death while holidaying in Koh Samui on Friday.
Two days after the Australian cricketing legend suffered a suspected fatal heart attack in his luxury hotel room, his children are said to be still reeling from the news.
Jackson Warne told his father’s long-time manager James Erskine that he and his siblings ‘expect him to walk through the door’ any minute.
‘This is like a bad dream,’ Jackson reportedly told him.
‘I think the three children are in complete shock,’ Erskine said on Channel 9’s Today show.
‘One minute the kids are talking to him every day, the next minute they can’t talk to him and they start thinking about he’s not going to be there for my 21st, he’s not going to take me down the aisle.’
Erskine said Warne’s children are ‘having a much harder time than anybody’ after the 52-year-old’s tragic death.
Jackson Warne told his father’s long-time manager James Erskine that he and his siblings ‘expect him to walk through the door’ any minute
Erskine also noted Warne regularly attempted extreme and ‘ridiculous’ diets in an attempt to shed extra kilos.
At the time of his death, he’d recently finished a cleanse in which he only had fluids for about 14 days, Erskine revealed.
‘It was a bit all or nothing. It was either white buns with butter and lasagne stuffed in the middle, or he would be having black and green juices.
‘He obviously smoked most of his life (but) I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. That’s what I think’s happened.’
Friend Andrew Neophitou found the leg spinner unresponsive in his room and desperately tried to revive him by performing CPR for 20 minutes – but Warne couldn’t be saved and later died in hospital.
Thai police revealed on Saturday that they found his room splattered with bloodstains from the prolonged CPR but have ruled out foul play.
Two piles of blood were found on the carpet at the foot of Warne’s bed as well as three blood-stained towels, and one pillow, with blood stains also on the mattress.
Ambulance crews also reported a pool of vomit by the bed.
Australian government officials have now met with Warne’s friends in Koh Samui to discuss bringing his body home to Melbourne.
Warne, 52, died of a suspected heart attack at the luxury Samujana Villas resort on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Friday evening
It’s understood his family desperately want to avoid having an autopsy on the father-of-three in Thailand so he can be returned to Australia as soon as possible.
But Thai authorities are insisting they want to carry out the post-mortem before his remains are released to the family to be flown home.
Thai police have said the body must undergo an autopsy to find the cause of death and a report will then be sent to the Australian embassy in Thailand.
‘We just really want to get Shane home,’ Mr Neophitou said after meeting Thai police at Bo Phut Police Station on Saturday.
Thai police lieutenant-colonel Chatchawin Nakmusik said he needed the results of the autopsy to close the case before releasing the body.
‘I am waiting for the autopsy report. If there is nothing suspicious, then the case is closed,’ he told The Guardian.