The untimely death of legendary Shane Warne on March 4 sent shockwaves to the cricket fraternity. While the official confirmation on the reason for Warne’s death is awaited, he had a history of asthma and heart disease, as said by his family to the Thailand police, which is why everyone is suspecting a heart attack. Reportedly, Warne was suffering from chest pain before departing from Australia and had seen a doctor in Thailand regarding the same. According to the Thai police, he coughed blood while being given CPR by one of his friends.
Meanwhile, one of his friends and chief executive of The Sporting News website, Tom Hall, has revealed the details on how the 145-Test veteran spent his final hours. Hall said that the late leg-spinner wanted to know how he can watch the ongoing Pakistan vs Australia series.
“The first question is, ‘How can we watch Australia v Pakistan test here in Thailand; the game’s about to start?’, Hall wrote on the website, quoting Warne. “Warney and cricket were never far apart.”
He also revealed what was Warne’s final meal. “Shane chomping away: ‘Geez, you can’t beat Vegemite with some butter, always great wherever you are in the world”.
Gall further said that Warne’s friends did everything to save his life but to no avail. He added that Warne has aware of his health and was sweating hard to get back into shape. “He knew he was a bit overweight and was getting back into training harder. His travel companions from Australia did everything they could, the local ambulance crews got there fast,” said Hall.
Hall added that the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket was working with him since the last year, adding that Warne gave him various gifts before his death. “Shane had been working with me at The Sporting News for the past year or so and he presented me with his jumper from the 2005 Ashes Test, his 2008 IPL shirt and a one-day international shirt and cap to place in the TSN offices in Australia and the UK.”