The maverick spinner from Australia, whose vivacious personality made him a favorite of fans around the world, died of a suspected heart attack on Friday March 4 at his villa in Thailand.
Hollywood actors Crowe and Jackman – who have often shown their love for cricket time and time again – have lamented the loss of a loyal friend and once-in-a-generation talent. “Genius player. Great company. Faithful friend,” Crowe tweeted. Crowe – originally from New Zealand – is the cousin of legendary cricketer Martin Crowe.
Jackman said he was still figuring out his good friend would be gone. “Like all of you, I’m in shock to learn that @ShaneWarne has passed away. I’m grateful to have known him and witnessed his unique talent in a generation.
“My sincere condolences to his family and close friends at this incredibly difficult time. Rest well Shane,” Jackman wrote. Jackman – who is from Australia – has previously been seen playing cricket with Warne in the backyard.
An iconic name in international cricket, Warne, since his debut in 1992, has played 145 Tests for Australia, collecting 708 wickets with his eye-catching leg spin. In his 194 ODI appearances, Warne has captured 293 scalps.
Indian actor Priety Zinta, who is also the owner of the IPL team, recalled his interactions with the legend during the league.
“So sad to hear that Shane Warne is no more. He was a magician on the pitch and such a charismatic and flamboyant personality off the pitch. I learned so much about cricket from him every time I met during the IPL and laughed a lot. He has been an inspiration to so many around the world,” Bollywood actor and Punjab Kings co-owner Preity Zinta wrote.
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, Liverpool Great Kenny Dalgish and former Chelsea skipper John Terry also mourned the loss of the icon. “He brought such joy to the game and was the greatest spin pitcher of all time,” Jagger said.
“I will raise my glass to Shane Warne in remembrance of the time we spent together. 52 years is nothing at all. Today we lost an iconic figure in cricket,” Dalglish tweeted.
“RIP Shane Warne Devastating news. My condolences and love go out to your friends and family,” Terry wrote.
Star musician Ed Sheeran wrote: “The world continues to bring amazing people. I spoke to Shane on the anniversary of Michaels (Gudinski) passing this week saying we are both raising a glass of 707 in his honor, and now this news comes out.”
“Shane was the kindest heart and always went above and beyond to make people feel welcome and special. Such a gentleman.
“He gave so many hours and years of his life to bring joy to others, and he was such an amazing friend to me. Gonna miss you, man. Absolutely disgusted.”
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