'No foul play suspected' at Shane Warne villa: Thai police

'No foul play suspected' at Shane Warne villa: Thai police

No foul play is suspected in the death of Australian cricket great Shane Warne at a Thai holiday island villa, local police said Saturday. 

Shane Warne

"No foul play was suspected at the scene based on our investigation," a Thai police officer told AFP. The 52-year-old was found unresponsive at Samujana Villas on Koh Samui island on Friday.

Shane Warne was often called "the best captain Australia never had", and the Indian Premier League side he led to a title triumph in 2008 paid tribute to the late Australian bowler Saturday.

The victory for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the world's most valuable cricket tournament not only lit up the Twenty20 contest but also turned several rookie Indian cricketers including Yusuf Pathan into popular names.

The Royals have not won again in the 13 subsequent seasons and paid an emotional tribute to the spin legend who passed away on Friday aged 52 due to a suspected heart attack.

"Shane Warne. The name stands for magic. Our first Royal, a man who made us believe that impossible is just a myth," the team said in a statement.

"A leader who walked the walk, talked the talk, and turned underdogs into champions. A mentor who turned everything he touched into gold."

The Royals added: "Warnie, you're forever going to be our captain, leader, Royal. Rest in peace, legend."

Warne, who revived the art of leg spin and took 708 Test wickets in his glittering but controversial career, captained Australia state side Victoria and the English county Hampshire.

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