Shane Warne died of a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Koh Samui, Thailand, on March 4, aged 52; a private funeral service was held for the great Australian cricketer in Melbourne on Sunday; a state funeral will be held on March 30
Last update: 20/03/22 11:18
Shane Warne’s three children led a private funeral service for the Australian cricketing legend in Melbourne on Sunday morning.
Shane Warne’s three children, Brooke, Jackson and Summer, led the Australian cricketer’s private funeral in Melbourne on Sunday.
The invitation-only event was attended by around 100 family and friends, including former England captain Michael Vaughan, former Australia captains Michael Clarke, Mark Taylor and Allan Border.
Warne was a strong supporter of the Australian Football League (AFL) and a huge fan of the St Kilda team, with the service taking place at the team’s ground.
TV presenter Eddie McGuire, who presents the AFL show Fox Footy, hosted the service, which was also attended by former AFL greats.
McGuire described Warne as ‘Superman’ and in quotes reported by the Daily Mail added: ‘You threw the ball to Warne, you sat in that south stand (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and he did the things you dreamed of doing when you were a kid.
“The magic part of Shane Warne was that he sprinkled his gold dust everywhere he went.”
Shane Warne stunned the cricketing world in 1993 with a delivery that beat England batsman Mike Gatting at Old Trafford
Former AFL player Sam Newman also paid tribute alongside artist Glenn Robbins, with whom Warne worked on comedy show Kath and Kim.
A lap of honor was performed there before the service.
Warne’s former girlfriend, British actress Liz Hurley, was unable to attend the funeral due to work commitments.
Hurley, 56, said on Instagram: “My heart aches that I can’t be in Australia for Shane’s funeral. I was filming and with the time jump I physically can’t. get there. He still hasn’t really sunk into that he’s gone.”
Around 50,000 cricket fans are expected to fill the MCG on March 30 for the Warne State Memorial.
Tickets for the event are expected to be made available to the public in the coming days.
It has been reported that Sir Elton John will perform live via video link for the state funeral and other video tributes will include performances from Ed Sheeran and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Warne achieved worldwide fame with the “ball of the century” for tricking and dismissing Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series against England.
He went on to take 708 Test wickets, the second highest in history, in a 15-year career spanning 145 matches and also took 293 One-Day International wickets, helping Australia win the Cup of the world 1999.