Public figures are remembering Australian cricketing great Shane Warne as a remarkable player who was a loyal friend to many, following his sudden death from a suspected heart attack.

News broke in the early hours of Saturday that the 52-year-old had been found unresponsive in a villa in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Just hours before, Warne tweeted his condolences for another cricket great, Rod Marsh.

Reuters news agency is reporting one of Warne’s friends performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived.

Warne was taken to the Thai International Hospital via ambulance but could not be revived after about 20 minutes of CPR.

A Thai police officer has told Reuters the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Warne’s death has led to an outpouring of grief on social media.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the nation was “bewildered” by the shocking news.

“There was none like Shane,” Mr Morrison tweeted. “He lived his life his way.

“He had his great achievements, but also his regrets. He carried them all the same way. With a cheeky smile and a zest for life.”

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Warne was one of the greatest cricketers the game has known.

“It was a joy to watch him play,” Mr Albanese tweeted. “My thoughts go to the ones who loved him the most. We will miss you Warnie.”

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said he was saddened by Warne’s passing.

“He brought such joy to the game and was the greatest spin bowler ever,” he tweeted.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Warne as “one of the nicest guys you could meet”, noting his work with disadvantaged children.

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said the cricketing legend was “larger than life”.

“A living legend. No longer with us. Far too young,” Mr Rudd tweeted. “Both cricket and the country so much poorer for his passing.”

Australian actor Magda Szubanski, who worked with Warne on the sitcom Kath & Kim, said she was in utter shock.

“Inconceivable that a life crammed with so much genius and larrikin charm could be snuffed out so suddenly and so soon,” she posted on Instagram.


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