Cricketer Shane Warne died of natural causes post-mortem confirms

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A post-mortem has confirmed Australian cricket star Shane Warne died of natural causes, suspected to be a heart attack, police in Thailand have said.

Deputy national police spokesperson Kissana Pathanacharoen said the opinion issued by the doctor who carried out the examination has been conveyed to Warne’s family and the Australian Embassy.

He said the family did not have any doubt the 52-year-old, widely considered one of the sport’s greatest spin bowlers, died of natural causes.

His statement, issued ahead of a planned police news conference, did not specify the cause of death. Preliminary evaluations from Thai authorities suggested Warne died from a heart attack.

Kevin Pietersen with Shane Warne after the final day of the fifth npower Test match against Australia in 2005. Credit: PA Wire

Warne was found unresponsive in his hotel room on the Thai resort island of Samui on Friday and could not be revived at a nearby hospital.

His body was transferred on Sunday to the Thai mainland for an official post-mortem at a state hospital.

The statement said police would conclude the post-mortem report and send it to the prosecutor’s office as soon as possible - a standard procedure in cases of unexpected deaths.

Warne’s family released a statement on Monday saying the day of his death was for them the beginning of “a never-ending nightmare”.

“Looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable, hopefully the mountain of happy memories we all have will help us cope with our ongoing grief,” his parents Keith and Brigitte wrote.

Fans lay flowers at the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Credit: AP

They said the family has accepted the offer of a state funeral and is grateful that a section of the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be renamed the SK Warne Stand in honour of their son.

“As everyone knows, Shane was an extremely proud Victorian and Australian,” they said.

Warne’s son Jackson wrote: “I don’t think anything is ever going to fill the void you have left in my heart. You were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for.”