Shane Warne’s parents have broken their silence after his son’s sudden death, and have been offered a state funeral for the cricket legend.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the nation was ‘in shock’ at the Warne’s death in Thailand from a suspected heart attack at 52 and said he would organise the memorial with the Victorian government.
Warne’s father, Keith, was seen looking sombre outside his Black Rock property in Melbourne on Saturday morning.
His mother Brigitte spoke briefly to the Herald Sun outside the home.
‘We’re just in shock… we’re ok,’ she said.
The Australian cricket superstar turned commentator and businessman, and the greatest leg spinner in history, was found unconscious in his room at the luxury Samujana Villas resort on the island of Koh Samui on Friday.
Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with four friends, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm on Friday night he was found to be unresponsive.
Shane Warne’s father, Keith, is seen looking sombre at his Black Rock property in Melbourne. Warne’s mother Brigitte earlier told reporters, ‘we’re in shock’
Shane Warne’s brother Jason takes his son Sebastian to visit the Black Rock property in Melbourne
‘He made it all look so easy. At some point, in most Australian backyards, we all tried to deliver a flipper,’ Prime Minister Morrison said of Warne. The leg-spinning great’s family will be offered a state funeral by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments
Warne was found unconscious in his room at the luxury Samujana Villas resort on the island of Koh Samui on Friday
Warne during his relationship with actress Elizabeth Hurley at an event in England, 2012
Shane Warne’s biggest fans: Mum Bridgette and dad Keith watching their son play at the Second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Cairns in 2004
Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning.
‘It’s just numbingly shocking to hear about Shane’s passing today,’ Mr Morrison told 3AW in Melbourne.
‘The whole country would have woken up in shock today, it’s just terrible.
‘He was one of those cricketers who changed the game globally, not just here in Australia.
‘And at such a young age, younger than me. That is a terrible shock to all those who knew and loved him.’
Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning
Family and friends have been arriving and leaving Michael Clarke’s Sydney home after learning of the death of Shane Warne
‘In the buffet of life, he ate well, but he also replenished… he gave it back in spades,’ Eddie McGuire, pictured outside the MCG, said of Warne
The Samujana Villas on Koh Samui, Thailand, where Shane Warne was staying with friends when he suffered a massive heart attack
Fans begin to add tributes to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground
The state funeral is set to be held in Melbourne, with a date to be confirmed in consultation with the Warne family, Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government ‘to ensure it honours Shane’s passing and memory’.
Victorian sports minister Martin Pakula has also announced the Great Southern Stand at the MCG will be renamed the S.K. Warne Stand.
‘Shane was one of our greatest cricketers of all time, one of only a few that could approach the extraordinary achievements of the great Don Bradman. His achievements were the product of his talent, his discipline and passion for the game he loved,’ Morrison said.
‘But Shane was more than this to Australians. Shane was one of our nation’s greatest characters. His humour, his passion, his irreverence, his approachability ensured he was loved by all. Australians loved him. We all did.
Cricketing legend Sane Warne has died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 52
The iconic leg-spinner passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack, his management company said in a statement
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid an emotional tribute to cricketing great Shane Warne following his sudden death from a suspected heart attack, saying the nation was ‘in shock’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted a tribute to Shane Warne, expressing his shock at the cricket legend’s premature death at the age of 52
A tribute to Warne on the big screen of the MCG’s Southern Stand, which the Victorian government has announced will be renamed the SK Warne Stand
A fan is seen in tears while paying his respects to Australia Test cricket legend Shane Warne, who died aged 52 overnight, at his statue outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground
‘There was something magical that he brought to our summers. The bleached blonde hair, the almost casual way he moved to send down a delivery, and his engagement with the crowd. He was one of a kind.
Morrsion said Warne inspired many children around the world to try their hand at cricket.
‘He made it all look so easy. At some point, in most Australian backyards, we all tried to deliver a flipper,’ he explained.
‘As we heard as a commentator, behind the playfulness that we associated with Shane, there was a player who understood the strategies and intricacies of cricket as few others. A brilliance that will always be remembered alongside that of Bradman and Benaud.
‘There was also a generosity to so many people away from the cameras. With a smile and a g’day he’d bridge every gap.
‘Shane was his own man, following his own path. In those times when he could have been knocked down by the headlines, he got back up. He always did.
‘Shane was the ‘King of Spin’ because there was none like him. The ‘ball of the century’ will be talked about forever,’ Morrison said.
A heartbroken fan pays tribute to Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday
Flowers, scarves and VB bottles have been placed at the foot of the statue of Shane Warne outside the MCG
A worn cricket ball with a heartfelt message from a fan is left at the base of the statue of Warne outside the MCG in Melbourne
A mother leads her daughter carrying a bouquet of flowers to place at the statue of Shane Warne outside the MCG
Shane Warne poses with radio personality Mick Molloy and TV star Eddie McGuire in 2014
THE WORLD REACTS TO SHANE WARNE’S DEATH
* ‘I thought nothing could ever happen to him. He lived more in his life than most people would live in 20.’ – Glenn McGrath
* ‘He has had a turbulent life but a very full life … you just felt, I certainly did, he would go on forever.’ – Mark Taylor
* ‘Shocked, stunned & miserable … there was never a dull moment with you around.’ – Sachin Tendulkar
* ‘I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true.’ – Viv Richards
* ‘We have lost one of the greatest sportsmen of all time!’ – Brian Lara
* ‘The game of cricket was never the same after Shane emerged and it will never be the same now he has gone.’ – Pat Cummins
* ‘He brought such joy to the game and was the greatest spin bowler ever.’ – Mick Jagger
* ‘Heaven will be a lively place now the King has arrived.’ – Michael Vaughan
* ‘Please no ….heartbroken. Already miss ‘The King.’ – Brendon McCullum
* ‘Numb.’ – Adam Gilchrist
* ‘I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport.’ – Virat Kohli
* ‘The man who made spin cool.’ – Virendar Sehwag
* ‘It’s just unfathomable.’ – Mark Waugh
* ‘The RockStar of cricket! Gone too soon.’ – Brett Lee
* ‘Genius player. Grand company. Loyal friend.’ – Russell Crowe
* ‘The biggest superstar of my generation gone.’ – Waqar Younis
* ‘Played hard on field and was one of the first to have a beer with you after.’ – Jacques Kallis
– Australian Associated Press
‘Our love and condolences go to Shane’s family and particularly his children Brooke, Jackson, and Summer.
‘We have lost one of Australia’s greatest cricketers and today we are bewildered by this sad and sudden loss.
An emotional Pat Cummins joined celebrities, sports stars, former teammates and politicians from around the world to pay tribute to the cricket legend on Saturday.
‘The game was never the same after Warnie emerged, and the game will never be the same after his passing,’ Cummins said in a video uploaded to Twitter. ‘Rest in peace, King.’
The Australian test captain looked down the camera with tear-filled eyes as he recalled fond memories of ‘Warnie’.
An emotional Pat Cummins has led tributes for Shane Warne after the legendary former Australian star’s death from a heart attack at the age of 52
Warne pictured with his former wife and the mother of his three children, Simone Callahan, in 1995
SHANE WARNE’S GREATEST EIGHT MOMENTS
COLOMBO COMEBACK, 1992
Before the Gatting ball there was the miracle in Colombo that truly announced Warne on the world stage. Chasing 181 for victory, Sri Lanka were cruising at 2-127. Enter Australia’s spinners. Greg Matthews took 4-37 and Warne snapped up 3-0 in his last 13 balls to win the match for Australia, even though the youngster had the unwanted career figures of 1-335 before being handed the ball. From there, Warne never looked back.
WEST INDIES MAYHEM, 1992-93
The moment most Australian fans realised the talent that had just emerged. After missing the first Test of the series, Warne took 7-52 in the second innings at the MCG to bowl Australia to victory against the might of the West Indies. The success doubles as Warne’s first match on his beloved home ground, where he’d eventually take 56 Test wickets.
THE GATTING BALL, 1993
Warne was the ultimate showman and he couldn’t have scripted it better himself. With his first Test delivery in England, he drifted the ball across the right-hander, had it dip, pitch outside leg, spin enough to beat the bat and claim the top of off-stump. Gatting’s bemused face said it all and from that moment on England were deer in Warne’s headlights.
THE HAT-TRICK, 1994-95
A month after destroying England again with 8-71 in the first Test at the Gabba, Warne claimed his famous hat-trick at the MCG when he removed Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm in three straight balls. Warne finished the series with 27 wickets at 20.33.
WORLD CUP HEROICS, 1999
Three years after helping engineer a comeback to put Australia into the 1996 decider, Warne was at it again. He took 3-3 from his first three overs after South Africa were in control at 0-48 in pursuit of 214, before coming back late to finish 4-29 in the famous tie. He was then man-of-the-match in the final, taking 4-33 against Pakistan as Australia lifted the trophy.
THE PAKISTAN JOB, 2002
An oft-forgotten example of Warne’s dominance. In one of the most one-sided series in history, Warne took 27 wickets at an average of 12.66. In doing so, he took almost half of the wickets available to him in the series and helped Australia wrap up a Test inside two days in Sharjah.
ONE-MAN BAND, 2005
Australia’s only Ashes loss of Warne’s career should have spelled a low point, but with Glenn McGrath in and out with injury the legspinner truly stepped up. He claimed 40 wickets at 19.92 for the series, the most by an Australian in a five-match Ashes. His ball to bowl Andrew Strauss in front of his pads is arguably better than the Gatting ball 12 years earlier.
700TH WICKET, 2006-07
Warne scripted the perfect ending by announcing he would retire at summer’s end with Australia 3-0 up in the Ashes and himself on 699 wickets ahead of the MCG Boxing Day Test. In the perfect farewell, Warne bowled Strauss to become the first to reach 700 wickets before helping Australia to just the second 5-0 Ashes whitewash in history. Not content with that, he also went past 1000 international wickets in all forms of the game in his SCG swansong.
– Australian Associated Press
‘Warnie was an all-time great, a once in a century type cricketer and his records will live on forever,’ he said.
‘We all grew up watching Warnie, idolising him. We loved so much about Warnie. His showmanship, his charisma, his tactics. The way he just wheeled himself and the team to win games for Australia.’
Mark Taylor thought Shane Warne’s ‘turbulent life’ would just keep rolling on forever.
But now, the former Australian captain is like the rest of his teammates: numbed at news of Warne’s death.
‘He has had a turbulent life but a very full life,’ Taylor told the Nine Network on Saturday.
‘He had been through all sorts of scandals. He mesmerised us with his bowling and his competitive nature on the field.
A boy adds a floral tribute to the base of the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground
SHANE WARNE’S MATCHLESS CAREER
Born: 13 September 1969, Melbourne
Right-arm leg spin bowler, right-hand batsman
Teams: Australia, Victoria, Hampshire, Rajasthan Royals
Debut: v India, Sydney, 1992
Five-wicket hauls: 37
Best bowling: 8-71 v England
Runs: 3,154 at an average of 17.32
High score: 99
One-day internationals: 194
Five-wicket hauls: 1
Best bowling: 5-33 v West Indies
High score: 55
* Arguably the most famous and influential cricketer since Don Bradman, Warne is widely credited with revitalising the art of leg spin bowling after an era dominated by fast bowlers.
* Was named one of Wisden’s five best players of the 20th century.
* First player to take 700 wickets, although his record was ultimately surpassed by Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets).
* Chosen for the 1993 Ashes tour of England a year after an unpromising Test debut, Warne bowled England captain Mike Gatting with his first delivery, later dubbed “the ball of the century.”
* Became the first player in over 90 years to take a hat-trick in the Ashes when he achieved the feat against England at Melbourne in 1994.
* Was fined by the Australian Cricket Board in 1995 after admitting taking money from a man associated with an Indian bookmaker for providing information about pitches and weather, but the case was hushed up for three years.
* Underwent surgery in 1998 to repair a career-threatening shoulder injury, then another operation to repair a damaged finger as the wear and tear of bowling started taking its toll.
* Relaunched his career at the 1999 World Cup and was named man of the match in Australia’s victory over Pakistan in the final.
* Broke Dennis Lillee’s Australian record of 355 test wickets on tour in New Zealand in 2000 but then lost the test vice-captaincy for sending lewd text messages to an English nurse.
* Made a miraculous recovery from injury to join the team for the 2003 World Cup but was sent home in disgrace before the tournament began after failing a drugs test. He was banned for 12 months.
* Made his return against Sri Lanka in 2004, taking 10 wickets in his first match to pass 500 test wickets.
* Separated from his wife Simone in 2005 following media reports of his adultery before becoming the first player to reach 600 test wickets.
* Took 40 wickets in the 2005 Ashes series and finished the year with 96 to break Lillee’s long-standing world record of 85 in a calendar year.
* Bowled Monty Panesar to seal Australia’s victory in the third test against England to regain the Ashes in 2006 and three days later announced he would quit international cricket at the end of the series.
* Reached the once-unthinkable 700 wicket milestone in his penultimate test and clinched his 708th in the final test which sealed a 5-0 whitewash for Australia.
* Finished his career with the most runs in Tests (3,154) without a hundred to his name, coming closest against New Zealand when he scored 99 in Perth in 2001.
* Retired from first-class cricket after a season with English county Hampshire but was lured back by the riches of the Indian Premier League in 2008, signing up as captain and coach of the Rajasthan Royals.
* Led the Royals to the first IPL title against the Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting final that went down to the last ball.
* Picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma and led the Royals to a thumping 10-wicket victory in his final game as a professional cricketer.
* Announced his retirement from professional cricket in May 2011.
‘We have loved that real ocker side of Shane Warne. You just felt, I certainly did, he would go on forever. It is a huge shock for me and it is a huge shock for the cricketing world.’
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has offered Warne’s family a state funeral to honour the legendary cricketer.
‘Victoria has lost an icon. Australia has lost a legend. And the entire cricketing world is mourning the loss of the King,’ Mr Andrews said in a statement.
Melbourne identity and friend of Warne, Eddie McGuire, told 3AW that the Great Southern Stand at the MCG should possibly be renamed to honour Warne.
‘In the buffet of life, he ate well, but he also replenished… he gave it back in spades,’ McGuire said.
‘He got himself in some scrapes along the way but mainly through his giving nature.’
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell repeatedly broke down talking about the passing of Warne on the Triple M Dead Set Legends radio show on Saturday morning.
‘He was a life-loving person. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more caring, loyal and generous person than him, Maxwell said.
Australian cricket Glenn Maxwell repeatedly broke down when discussing Warne’s death on Triple M’s Deadset Legends radio show on Saturday
Former cricket Mitchell Johnson was one of many to pay tribute to Warne after hearing the terrible news
Another of Warne’s Australian captains, Steve Waugh, said he had ‘so many memories and moments that will never be forgotten’ of the legspinner.
‘It was a privilege and a pleasure to play alongside you,’ Waugh posted on Instagram.
Glenn McGrath said he was ‘absolutely devastated’.
Like Taylor, he believed ‘nothing could ever happen to him’.
‘Warnie was larger than life … he lived more in his life than most people would live in 20,’ McGrath said.
‘He was the ultimate competitor. He thought the game was never lost, that he could turn it around and bring us to victory, which he did so many times.
‘I think he lived his life the same way. There seemed to be never a dull moment. Rest In Peace my good mate, there’ll never again be anyone like you.’
Mark Waugh described Warne as the ‘ultimate entertainer’ both on and off the field.
‘It’s just unfathomable to lose another great of our cricket family,’ Waugh posted on Twitter.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd took to Twitter to share his shock and heartbreak over the sudden and unexpected death.
‘I just can’t believe this. Larger than life. A living legend. No longer with us. Far too young,’ he wrote.
‘Both cricket and the country so much poorer for his passing. May you Rest In Peace Warnie. My deepest condolences to his family. The country mourns his passing.’
Former cricketer Mitchell Johnson described Warne as ‘the best Spin bowler I have ever seen.’
‘I am in complete shock. So said to hear the news of the passing of Shane Warne, the king, the best spin bowler I have ever seen.
‘Warnie made spin bowling cool, exciting and his skills were just phenomenal. An entertainer of the game, you will be missed mate.’
Legendary wicket-keeper Shane Watson said he was ‘numb’ after learning about the passing of his ‘mentor’.
‘The impact he had on the great game of cricket and everyone around it is immeasurable,’ he wrote. ‘Warnie, I am going to miss you so much. Thank you mate for being so bloody good to me.’
Rolling Stones frontman, rock’n’roll legend and cricket tragic Mick Jagger paid a special tribute to Warne
‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski shared her grief over the legendary cricketer who made a guest appearance as her fiance on the hit TV show in 2007
Adam Gilchrist added: ‘The highlight of my cricketing career was to keep wicket to Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the maestro at work.’
Darren Lehmann, a teammate of Warne who later became Australia’s coach, said he was devastated.
‘Shane was the most generous, fun-loving superstar of our game … he was always charismatic caring and true friend,’ Lehmann posted on Twitter.
Former Australia quick Brett Lee hailed Warne as the ‘rock star’ of cricket.
‘Can’t believe it. The greatest bowler to play the game ever! The RockStar of cricket ! Gone too soon,’ Lee posted on Twitter.
Cricket Australia added: ‘We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Shane Warne. A true cricketing genius. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans all across the world.’
‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski shared her grief over the legendary cricketer who made a guest appearance as her fiance on the hit TV show in 2007.
‘I’ve woken in the middle of the night to this terrible news,’ she wrote. ‘I’m in complete shock. This is just too sad. Devastating.
‘Incredible to think that bright, cheeky spark has been snuffed out.’
‘The world will be less bright and interesting with him gone,’ broadcaster Leigh Sales said of Warne
Warne is chaired from the field by team-mates Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden after leading Australia to victory in the fourth Test match against England at the MCG in Melbourne, 2006
ABC host Leigh Sales said Warne was at the top of her interview wishlist when she joined the public broadcaster.
‘Vale Warnie: a genius cricketer, a charismatic raconteur and one of the great, great Australian characters,’ she wrote. ‘The world will be less bright and interesting with him gone.’
It’s believed Warne’s manager Andrew Neophitou performed CPR on the cricket great for around 20 minutes to try and save his life before an ambulance arrived.
He was then taken to the Thai International Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Thai Police Senior Sergeant Major Suporn Hemruangsree said: ‘Police received a report about somebody who died at the Thai International Hospital so we went and asked the hotel, and found out that the deceased was with four other friends and died in the room.
Warne’s final Instagram post from Koh Samui’s Samujana Villa, Thailand. The cricketing legend was on a break with four friends
‘In the villa, the people were sleeping in separate rooms. They were sleeping from afternoon to evening, until about 5pm.
‘At 5pm somebody came to call out this person for dinner but the deceased did not respond so they called three other friends to perform CPR for 20 minutes. They waited for the ambulance to come.
‘The doctor announced the death of the person at 6:53pm. Police went and checked the room and there was no sign of intrusion or possessions being searched through. The body was sent for an autopsy at Koh Samui Hospital.’
Warne’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived.
Family and friends began to arrive at the Melbourne home of Warne’s former wife, Simone Callahan, early on Saturday morning.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials have spoken to those travelling with Warne in Thailand and would work with Thai authorities to confirm arrangements for transport of his body back to Australia.