Former Australia fast bowler McGrath, who formed a formidable partnership with Warne for Australia, described Warne as the “ultimate competitor”.
England all-round Stokes, meanwhile, said: “To hear about Shane today was devastating for the world of cricket. People like myself, and plenty of other people around the world, got to know him very well and it’s very sad. A reflection of him as a man, not only as a cricketer, was shown in the tributes that have been paid to him.”
Warne, who had a history of asthma and had previously suffered badly from Covid-19, “had seen a doctor about his heart”, according to Yutthana Sirisombat, Bophut Police Chief in Koh Samui.
Three friends had been staying with Warne at a villa in Koh Samui when he suffered a suspected heart attack on Friday. Mr Yutthana would not comment when asked about the likely cause of death, but said police are waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test before scheduling a post-mortem examination.
Meanwhile, Australia has said a state funeral would be held for one of its most famous cricketers. Warne took 708 Test wickets – the second-highest ever – in 145 matches across an illustrious 15-year international career.