Shane Warne's Cricket Australia doctor speaks out

Shane Warne’s Cricket Australia doctor speaks out and reveals why his deadly heart attack was ‘coming for a long time’

  • A Cricket Australia doctor has spoken about Warne’s death and what led to it 
  • Dr. Peter Brukner reminisced about the talented legspinner on Triple M
  • Dr. Brukner suggests smoking, poor diet and other bad habits led to his demise

A Cricket Australia doctor says Shane Warne’s death was a long time coming due to the spin king’s lifestyle, but still came as a shock.

Dr. Peter Brukner reminisced about the talented legspinner on Triple M Breakfast with Basil and Xav on Wednesday. 

He told the Perth hosts Basil Zempilas and Xavier Ellis that Warne’s death at 52 was hastened by a combination of a longstanding smoking habit, poor diet and other factors.

A Cricket Australia doctor has spoken candidly about the death of Shane Warne and why the beloved cricketer’s passing from heart disease in Thailand was long coming

Dr. Peter Brukner (pictured) reminisced about the talented legspinner on Triple M’s Breakfast with Basil and Xav on Wednesday and discussed his lifestyle

‘Warney, if he had heart disease, which sounds like he did, you know, that didn’t happen overnight in Thailand. It’s been happening for 20, 30 years from smoking, poor diet, etc, etc.’ 

Warne was a habitual smoker throughout his adult life, and a drinker – though he was known to not be fond of beer. 

Dr Brukner said the earlier someone notices their poor lifestyle habits ‘the better’.

He then listed the ways to mitigate the likelihood of heart disease, including ‘good diet, regular exercise, reduced stress, good quality sleep, exposure to sun’.   

He told radio hosts Basil Zempilas and Xavier Ellis that Warne’s death at 52 left him in complete shock before sharing his view that a combination of smoking, poor diet and various other factors likely led to his demise

‘Warney, if he had heart disease, which sounds like he did, you know, that didn’t happen overnight in Thailand. It’s been happening for 20, 30 years from smoking, poor diet, etcetera, etcetera,’ Brukner said

 

The doctor implored those in their middle age to find a GP that they’re ‘comfortable talking to’ and to get a check-up and blood test annually. 

‘Once a year [for a checkup] from the age of 35, 40 onwards,’ he said. ‘The issue with these things is you don’t develop heart disease in a minute. It’s a very gradual process.’

Despite the contributory lifestyle factors that led to Warne’s fatal heart attack, Dr Brukner was still shocked by his death 

‘Just unbelievable,’ Brukner began when asked about the cricketer’s passing. ‘None of us can really believe it, can we? He was a larger than life character.’  

 Warne died last Friday while on holiday with friends on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand

Warne died last Friday while on holiday on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand.

Friends who were staying at the same resort desperately tried to revive the legendary sportsman before paramedics arrived. 

An autopsy conducted by Thai officials determined his sudden death was from a heart attack. 

His family reported he had been having heart troubles in the weeks leading up to his death, while it has also been noted he suffered asthma, which had been giving him grief.

Warne had also completed a 14-day liquid only diet, described by his manager James Erskine as ‘extreme’ and ‘ridiculous’.

The 52-year-old was determined to get back to his peak fitness levels and had set a goal of July 2022 to shed some stubborn kilos.

Warne’s body is picked up at Surat Thani Hospital after the autopsy, which found he died of natural causes

His family reported he had been having heart troubles in the weeks leading up to his death, while it has also been noted he suffered asthma, which had been giving him grief. Pictured: Warne’s three children, Jackson, Summer and Brooke

The cricketer’s body is set to be flown home from Thailand on Thursday morning.  

A state funeral will be held at his beloved Melbourne Cricket Ground, on March 30. It’s anticipated up to 100,000 fans and mourners will attend.

His family will hold a private service ahead of the final public send off which could be as early as next week.

Tributes to Warne have been left at his statue outside Melbourne’s MCG (pictured on Tuesday) as fans mourn the loss of a legend. A state funeral will be held at the ground on March 30

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