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Shane Warne, One of Cricket's Iconic Players, Dies At 52

Australia's Shane Warne clenches his fist as he holds the Cricket World Cup Trophy on the team balcony at Lords after Australia defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets in the final of the Cricket World Cup, in London Sunday, June 20, 1999. Shane Warne, one of the greatest cricket players in history, has died. He was 52. Fox Sports television, which employed Warne as a commentator, quoted a family statement as saying he died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
Australia's Shane Warne clenches his fist as he holds the Cricket World Cup Trophy on the team balcony at Lords after Australia defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets in the final of the Cricket World Cup, in London Sunday, June 20, 1999. Shane Warne, one of the greatest cricket players in history, has died. He was 52. Fox Sports television, which employed Warne as a commentator, quoted a family statement as saying he died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
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Brisbane, Australia (AP) -- Shane Warne, widely regarded as one of the greatest players, most astute tacticians and ultimate competitors in the long history of cricket, has died. He was 52.

Known around the cricket globe as “Warnie,” he revived and elevated the art of leg spin bowling when he emerged on the international scene in the 1990s and was a central character in one of Australia's most successful eras in the sport. He also was one of cricket's larger-than-life showmen.