Sydney, May 25: The most famous spin guru is no more. Terry Jenner, the person who moulded Shane Warne in to the leg-spinning champion that he is has died after prolonged illness. He was 66.
His partner Ann, confirmed his demise on his blogsite and wrote, "Terry passed away peacefully today just a month and a half after the anniversary of his heart attack..He wanted to be at home with his family and we were able to share the last few days with him...Many people will miss him and the world will not be the same now he has gone but, in many ways, it will be a better thing for him."
Jenner's life was nothing short of the glamour and drama as his famous protege is Shane Warne's. He played only nine Tests for Australia between 1970 and 1975 and lived a life of hardship after his playing days. Just as Warne's addiction to gambling is well-documented, so is also the case with Jenner and it shouldn't be surprising that his life was as much courted by controversies as Warne, if not less.
In 1988, Jenner was imprisoned for embezzlement related to gambling debts.
But his life got a new dimension when he turned the mentor for Shane Warne and played a crucial role in making him the champion leg-spinner that he is. Jenner always acknowledged the mutually beneficial relation he shared with Warne.
In 2010, he was quoted as saying, "Working with Shane changed everything. I was out there earning the respect of people and the good news is that I felt like I'd redeemed myself for the downs I had."
Jenner who lived a hectic life between 1992 and 2010 doing cricket coaching and commentary suffered a heart-attack in 2010 and since then wasn't keeping well. His health deteriorated gradually until he died at 1215 hours local time on May 25.