LEGENDARY leg-spinner and former Hampshire captain Shane Warne has died aged 52 of a suspected heart attack.

The Australian icon’s management have released a brief statement.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement read.

“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

The Australian star spent eight years at the Ageas Bowl between 2000 and 2008.

As well as captaining the side, Warne took 276 first-class wickets for Hampshire, at an average of 25.59.

He made a total of 2,040 runs, including a highest score of 107 against Kent at Canterbury in 2005.

Adored by millions across the globe, Warne took 708 Test wickets — the second-most of all time behind only Muttiah Muralitharan.

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