The former Australian leg-spinner, Shane Warne’s body has arrived in his home city of Melbourne on Thursday evening. The charter plane that was carrying the body landed after an 8-hour flight from Thailand.
Warne died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52 at the lavish resort in Thailand. He was out on a vacation with three other friends, two of whom found the unresponsive body of Warne on the hotel room floor.
After preliminary investigations were conducted, the body was wrapped in the Australian flag and placed inside a coffin on Thursday morning. It was then flown out to the Bangkok airport before being moved on to a private Dassault Falcon 7X jet.
His family had confirmed that he would be buried at a private funeral. A state memorial service will also be held at his home ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 3, Wednesday.
“There will be no limits on crowds and that sort of stuff. It will be a very big event. It will be a celebration of his life as it should be,” the Premier of the state of Victoria, Dan Andrews, said.
Shane Warne’s family says painful goodbyes
Warne was survived by three kids, Summer, Brooke, and Jackson. His parents, Keith and Brigitte Warne were distraught and were overcome with grief.
“To find words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable,” Keith and Brigitte Warne said in a statement this week.
“I miss you so much already. I wish I could’ve hugged you tighter in what I didn’t know were my final moments with you. I wish I could’ve told you that everything was going to be OK and hold your hand,” Summer also said.
The former Australia player’s son, Jackson, recalled the times they headed out to play golf and poker and the other son and father bonding moments they shared.
“I love you so much. I don’t think anything is ever going to fill the void you have left in my heart. You were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for. I love you so much Dad, see you soon,” Jackson said.