Autopsy shows Warne died of natural causes, say cops

An autopsy showed the death last week of Australian cricket great Shane Warne on an island in Thailand was due to natural causes, the Thai police said on Monday. Warne's family were told of the result and had accepted the finding. His body would be transferred to Australian consular officials for return to the family, a deputy police spokesman said.

Today investigators received the autopsy result, in which the medical opinion is that the cause of death is natural, Kissana Phathanacharoen said in a statement. Investigators will summarize the autopsy result for prosecutors within the timeframe of the law.

Well-wishers left tributes of flowers, flags, an Australian sports shirt, a can of beans and a packet of cigarettes outside the villa on the northeast coast of Koh Samui where Warne was found unconscious. 

Warne, 52, one of the finest spin bowlers of all time, whose talent and personality transcended the sport, died on Friday, spurring tributes, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling him one of our nation's greatest characters.