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Shane Warne honored with state funeral

The Warne family have accepted the offer of a public funeral for the great cricketer.

Warne died Friday of a suspected heart attack in Thailand at the age of 52.

Australian MP Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, said on social media that the occasion would be a chance for the country to honor the sports superstar.

“I spoke with the Warne family again today and they accepted my offer of a state funeral to remember Shane,” Andrews said on Twitter.

“It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and to the country. Details will be finalized in the coming days. »

Tributes poured in from around the world following the sudden passing of one of sport’s most charismatic and beloved personalities.

Fans continued to pay floral tributes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Shane Warne statue, while the stadium’s Great Southern Stand will be renamed SK Warne Stand in honor of the king of spin.

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 claim 708 Test wickets, the second most runs in history, in a 15-year career spanning 145 matches.

The bullish spinner also racked up 293 one-day international wickets, helping Australia win the 1999 World Cup.


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