Several Australian cricket icons have arrived at St Kilda Football Club to farewell the late Shane Warne in a private funeral service.
Shane Warne will be farewelled by his closest friends and family in a private funeral today.
A cluster of Australian cricket icons have arrived at St Kilda Football Club for the ceremony, including Victorian seamer Merv Hughes, former Test captain Mark Taylor, batting great Mark Waugh, former wicketkeeper Ian Healy, close mate Michael Clarke and partner in crime Glenn McGrath.
Brigitte Warne, Shane’s mother has also arrived at the venue.
The service will be held in Melbourne, with almost 100 high profile names expected to attend.
Warne’s three children Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20, are expected to be at the centre of proceedings. The family previously attended a special tribute to the cricket legend during an AFL match on Friday at Marvel Stadium.
Former cricket teammates, commentating colleagues, Melbourne media personalities and St Kilda football club figures are also expected to be there.
As The Herald Sun first reported, Eddie McGuire will host the funeral.
“He brought together so many things,” McGuire told reporters outside the venue, as reported by News Corp.
“The reason why he was so loved is because he was fallible, he was Superman. You threw the ball to Warne, you sat in that Southern Stand and he did the things you dreamt of doing as a kid.
“He had the hat trick, took 700 wickets, the Gatting ball, he did everything.
“He did the things like wow, I wonder what it would be like to be a playboy in London society.
“The magic part about Shane Warne was that he sprinkled his gold dust everywhere he went.
“He didn’t become a hermit, he brought his friends into everything in life.”
The newspaper’s report outlines the guest list, which includes former Footy Show host Sam Newman, Melbourne Cup identity Lloyd Williams and some members of Warne’s poker group.
Warne’s former partner Elizabeth Hurley posted on Instagram just hours before the funeral that she was devastated about being unable to attend.
“My heart aches that I can’t be in Australia tomorrow for Shane’s funeral,” she wrote.
“I was filming last night and, with the time jump, physically can’t get there. These pictures were taken in Sri Lanka to celebrate our engagement – we had all our children with us and it was the happiest time.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in that he’s gone. It seems too cruel that all the people who loved him will never have another Lion hug, but our memories will live forever. RIP Lionheart, with love, your Luna.”
The service will come 10 days before a crowd of 50,000 is expected to gather at the MCG for a star-studded public memorial.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin will be sending a music performance to be played during the memorial, while pop icons Elton John and Ed Sheeran will also deliver messages.
The MCG’s Great Southern Stand will be renamed in the king of spin’s honour, a move announced just hours after his death.
The 52-year-old died of a suspected heart attack on March 4 while holidaying in Thailand.
In a touching post to his father last week, Jackson said no one would be able to fill the void he had left in his heart.
“Sitting at the poker table, walking around the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza is never going to be the same,” he wrote.
“But I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. So that’s what I’m going to do, try and be happy.
“I’m going to miss you so much Dad, I wish I could look you in the eyes one more time and give you one more hug.
“You were truly the best father and best mate anyone could’ve asked for.”
— with NCA NewsWire