New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Tributes came pouring in as the sporting world mourned the death of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne in Thailand on Friday evening. Former England footballer and sports broadcaster Gary Lineker led the tributes on Twitter, writing, "Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died. The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can't quite believe it. RIP Shane."
Fellow footballer Stan Collymore followed Lineker as he tweeted, "My goodness, Shane Warne has died. 52 years old, this is truly awful news. Rest in peace Ledge."
The news has clearly affected the entire sporting world and the loss will undoubtedly be felt by the cricketing community, particularly the Australian cricket community.
As per a statement given to Fox News by Warne's management firm, the leg-spinner passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack.
Graeme Fowler, who played in 21 Test matches for England, wrote: "RIP Shane Warne. The greatest spinner ever, and fantastic company.
"The brightest lights burn out faster."
Indian Cricket team opener Shikhar Dhawan echoed Fowler's sentiment, "Sad, speechless, and completely shocked. An incredible loss to cricket. I have no words. Thank you for everything you've done for the sport.
"Rest in Peace, Shane Warne. Sending my condolences to his loved ones."
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer too expressed his sorrow at the news, writing, "Whenever he came to the wicket, change came over the game of Cricket. My mind just cannot accept that Shane Warne is no more. Gone too soon. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends...RIP Warnie."