‘Fit as a fiddle’ ex-Australian Test cricketer Ryan Campbell had heart attack


‘Fit as a fiddle’ ex-Australian cricketer has a heart attack and is placed in an induced coma after collapsing in front of his kids – following the shock death of teammate Shane Warne

  • Ryan Campbell, former Australian cricketer, has suffered a heart attack 
  • Campbell played five matches for Australia and recently took up coaching job
  • Based in the Netherlands he had travelled back to home city Perth last week

A former Australian international cricketer has been placed in an induced coma after suffering a heart attack. 

Ryan Campbell, 50, who made five appearances for Australia and was a WA cricket mainstay, was with his children at a playground in London on Saturday when he collapsed. 

A passer-by performed CPR before he was rushed to hospital. 

Campbell, a wicketkeeper and batsman, had recently taken up a head coaching job in the Netherlands. 

Ryan Campbell in his role as head coach of Netherlands in 2019 (pictured)

Ex-Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell (pictured with his wife Leontina)

Ex-Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell (pictured with his wife Leontina)

‘He was here in Perth just last week and fit as a fiddle,’ 6PR Radio presenter Gareth Parker tweeted on Tuesday.  

‘As of 45 minutes ago he was still unresponsive, although under the care of his doctors he has made some attempts successfully to breathe on his own,’ an emotional Parker said on Tuesday morning AEST. 

‘This news is a real shock to his family and friends back home in Australia, who learned about it on Easter Sunday.’

Campbell was a former teammate of Shane Warne, having played a one day international against New Zealand with the cricket legend in 2002. 

Warne, just two years older at 52, suffered a fatal heart attack in Thailand in March. 

Campbell, who was an understudy of former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, said playing with Warne had been a highlight of his career. 

‘Shane Warne is clearly the greatest I’ve ever played with or against,’ he told Firstsportz in 2020.

Campbell with former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke (pictured)

Campbell with former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke (pictured)

The Western Australian cricket mainstay had recently relocated with his family to the Netherlands (pictured together)

The Western Australian cricket mainstay had recently relocated with his family to the Netherlands (pictured together) 

‘What that guy could do on a cricket field still amazes me… Gilly is up there and I was also a massive Steve Waugh fan. These guys were so great because they always got in the fight and always wanted to win.’ 

He added being a backup for a legend such as Gilchrist, who played 96 Tests in a row, was tough, but he cherished the moment when he got the call up to the Australian side. 

‘Walking into the SCG change rooms and seeing my name on the locker next to Steve Waugh’s…..To say I was nervous to train with him, Warne, McGrath etc was an understatement.’

Warne’s heart attack was just days apart from Australian Senator Kimberly Kitching also suffering a deadly heart attack at the age of 52 in March. 

More to follow. 

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