Shane Warne’s children believe a simple four-minute health check could have saved his life.
Cause of Shane Warne’s death
The cricket legend died in March 2022 aged 52 after suffering a heart attack during a holiday in Thailand, and his three children – Brooke, Jackson and Summer – are launching a new scheme through the Shane Warne Legacy charity to provide 23,000 free tests by the end of 2023 in a bid to save others from the same fate.
In a statement posted on Brooke’s Instagram page, they explained: ‘We at the Shane Warne Legacy are offering a free four-minute self-serve medical grade health test with a specific focus on cardiovascular health awareness and risk.
‘It incorporates blood pressure, heart rate … smoking, BMI, diabetes risk … and more. Participants receive a heart age estimate to drive awareness of their risk of heart disease and nudges to consult their GP if they measure high blood pressure or record a BMI of 35 or higher.’
How good was Shane Warne?
The statement added: ‘We aim to reciprocate the love and guidance Dad provided us throughout our lives by continuing the legacy he left behind. It’s our heartfelt commitment to sustain the legacy on his behalf.
‘We believe if Dad had taken one of these tests, he might still be with us today. We don’t want any family to endure the heartache we’ve faced and sadly, millions of others have faced, and Dad wouldn’t want that either.’
Shane Warne transformed and popularised the art of leg spin like no other person before him when he became the most prolific wicket-taker in Australian Test cricket history, taking an extraordinary 708 wickets from his 145 Tests, at an average of 25.41.