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Body of cricket legend Shane Warne arrives in Australia ahead of state funeral

The legendary cricketer Shane Warne’s body has arrived in Australia via Thailand, ahead of his state funeral later in the month.

A flag of Australia was placed over Warne’s coffin, before it was flown by a private plane back to Melbourne about 10 hours later.

The 52-year old died suddenly from a suspected heart attack just one day after arriving on holiday to the Thai island Koh Samui.

Image: Warne’s corpse was taken by van from the Thai Police Forensic Institute into an airport in Bankok. Pic: AP

Thai police confirmed that the Australian cricket star had died of natural causes. He had suffered from chest pains just before his death.


The star suffered from asthma and was infected with coronavirus last summer.

On March 30, a state funeral will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which is a 100,000-seater stadium. This allows fans to pay their respects.

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The MCG will be the venue where Warne secured his 700th Test wicket shortly before his international retirement. There will be tributes and highlights from Warne’s life.

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Warne was born in Melbourne, and the place is where he experienced some of his most memorable moments in cricket. After the family has held a private funeral, the event will take place.

Image: Some of Shane Warne’s most memorable moments in cricket are at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pic: Action Images by Jason O’Brien

Fans, his family, and sports professionals have paid tribute to him since his passing.

Warne made his Test debut against India in 1992 and became the first person to score a hat trick in an Ashes series Test match at the MCG in 1994.

Liz Hurley, the star’s ex-fiancee, posted an Instagram tribute to him. She described him as “my beloved Lion Heart” and said that she feels like “the sun has gone behind clouds forever” after his death.

Late Monday, Warne’s family released a statement describing his death as “an unending nightmare” and referring to the night that he died as the beginning of a new chapter.

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him as one of five greatest cricketers of the 20th Century.

Warne and Simone Callahan had three children together.


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