Shane Warne will be honored with a state funeral following the sudden death of the Australian cricketing legend aged just 52


Australia will hold a state funeral for Shane Warne following the cricketing icon’s death.

Warne died unexpectedly on Friday after suffering a heart attack aged 52, prompting an outpouring of tributes to the Australian hero.

Warne was an incredibly popular figure around the world and tributes poured in
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The Warne family accepted the offer of a public funeral. 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.


Shane Warne will be honored with a state funeral following the sudden death of the Australian cricketing legend aged just 52
Warne will receive a state funeral in tribute
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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.

He inspired cricketers around the world and his appeal went beyond the sport.

Dozens of tributes we paid on talkSPORT from those who knew him best, including from Mark Nicholas, who was close friends with Warne and co-wrote his autobiography.

Shane Warne will be honored with a state funeral following the sudden death of the Australian cricketing legend aged just 52
Warne is an Australian legend, taking 708 Test match wickets
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He told talkSPORT: “He’s one of the greatest cricketers who ever lived, but more than that, one of the most inspirational sportsmen who ever lived.

“He transformed a whole generation into a new type of rock and roll cricket, he played at a level never seen before.

“He was an entertainer and loved that so many people enjoyed watching him play. He was an amazing guy with so much energy. The only consolation I can give is that he gave a real boost to his life.

“I would say I would have trusted him with my life and would rank him as a big fan of…anything. He was ready for anything.

“His stubbornness was great for the game, he didn’t compromise on everything he believed in.

“He gave so much for sport, but so many other areas.

“It’s a desperate blow. I think of his mum, his dad and his children, they are wonderful people.

“He was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met and that’s just terrible.”


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