Aussie cricket great Ryan Campbell in induced coma in London hospital

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Ryan Campbell, pictured here before a T20 International between Scotland and Netherlands.
Ryan Campbell looks on ahead of a T20 International between Scotland and Netherlands. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Former Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell has been placed in an induced coma in a London hospital after suffering a serious heart attack.

Radio host Gareth Parker revealed the news on 6PR Breakfast in Perth on Tuesday morning.

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Parker said Campbell is fighting for his life after suffering the heart attack just a week after catching up with family and friends in Perth.

"Cambo is currently in intensive care in a London hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday," Parker said.

“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.

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

Ryan Campbell, pictured here in action for Australia A against Sri Lanka at the MCG in 2003.
Ryan Campbell in action for Australia A against Sri Lanka at the MCG in 2003. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Campbell, who is the current coach of the Netherlands cricket team, reportedly suffered the heart attack while at a playground with his kids.

A passerby reportedly administered CPR and stayed with Campbell until an ambulance arrived.

"Ryan had a pulse when paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later, he has been in hospital since," Parker said.

"He has begun partially breathing on his own, his blood pressure is good, so those are good signs - doctors don't believe there's damage to the heart but they haven't been able to figure out exactly what's going on just yet."

Parker said Campbell will spend another night in an induced coma before doctors try to bring him out of it on Wednesday.

"I saw him last week, and he looked fit as a fiddle," Parker said.

The 50-year-old was in Perth last week before travelling to the UK to visit the family of his wife Leontina.

Cricket world sends well-wishes to Ryan Campbell

Campbell played two one-day internationals for Australia in 2002, as well as three T20 internationals for Hong Kong.

He played in the same era as Adam Gilchrist and was unlucky not to represent his country more at international level.

The wicketkeeper played 98 first-class matches for Western Australia, scoring over 6000 runs.

Fans and fellow cricketers have been sending their well-wishes to Campbell on social media.

"Please have him, wife Leontina and his kids in your prayers," Parker wrote.

Western Australian Cricket Association boss Christina Matthews said in a statement: "WA Cricket is in shock to hear of Ryan's medical emergency after suffering a major heart attack over the long weekend.

"On behalf of all WA Cricket staff, players and the wider cricket community, I would like to pass on our heartfelt thoughts to Ryan, his wife Leontina and their family at this time.

"We know he is in the best care, and hope he pulls through and is able to make a full and speedy recovery."

Campbell's illness comes after legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne died of a heart attack at 52 while holidaying in Thailand in March.

Wicketkeeping icon Rod Marsh also died of a heart attack just 24 hours prior.

with AAP

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