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Shane Warne funeral: Family and friends gather to farewell cricket legend

Shane Warne’s emotional funeral concluded with a final lap of honour at his beloved St Kilda Football Club on Sunday, with his hearse closely followed by his devastated children and parents.

A who’s who of Australian sport joined his family to pay their respects to one of the nation’s greatest cricketers at a private funeral.

Coldplay song Fix You played as a small group, which included Warne’s three children Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and 20-year-old Summer and his parents Keith and Brigitte, accompanied the hearse around the oval at the end of the service.

Family and friends follow the hearse carrying Shane Warne's coffin for a lap of the ground.
Camera IconFamily and friends follow the hearse carrying Shane Warne’s coffin for a lap of the ground. Credit: DAVID CAIRD/AAPIMAGE
Warne died two weeks ago at a resort in Thailand, aged 52, of a suspected heart attack.
Camera IconWarne died two weeks ago at a resort in Thailand, aged 52, of a suspected heart attack. Credit: DAVID CAIRD/AAPIMAGE

Warne was a one-eyed Saints fan and also friends with Cold Play lead singer Chris Martin.

Family members comfort each other as the coffin is put in the hearse at the end of the funeral service.
Camera IconFamily members comfort each other as the coffin is put in the hearse at the end of the funeral service. Credit: DAVID CAIRD/AAPIMAGE
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Simone Callahan and other guests attend the funeral service for former Australian cricket player Shane Warne at St Kilda Football Club on March 20, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by David Caird - Pool/Getty Images)
Camera IconSimone Callahan and other guests raise a glass to toast the cricket legend. Credit: Pool/Getty Images

Close friend Eddie McGuire, who led the private family service, said before the event that people were struggling with the loss and that people had flown in from all over the world to attend.

“The reason why he was so loved is because he was fallible, he was Superman. You threw the ball to Warne’s, you sat in that Southern Stand and he did the things you dreamt of doing as a kid,” McGuire said.

“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.”

Merv Hughes (third left), Eddie McGuire (centre) Allan Border (right) arrive at the private memorial at the St Kilda Football Club.
Camera IconMerv Hughes (third left), Eddie McGuire (centre) Allan Border (right) arrive at the private memorial at the St Kilda Football Club. Credit: DIEGO FEDELE/AAPIMAGE
Shane Warne’s close friend Aaron Hamill (centre left) shakes hands with Sam Newman.
Camera IconShane Warne’s close friend Aaron Hamill (centre left) shakes hands with Sam Newman. Credit: DIEGO FEDELE/AAPIMAGE
Former Australian cricketers Michael Clarke (L) and Merv Hughes (R) chat.
Camera IconFormer Australian cricketers Michael Clarke (L) and Merv Hughes (R) chat. Credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP

About 80 people attended the invitation only event, with funeral-goers handed a scarf from Warne’s beloved Saints.

Police and security were stationed around the perimeter of the club to protect grieving loved ones.

Dannii Minogue (second left) arrives.
Camera IconDannii Minogue (second left) arrives. Credit: DIEGO FEDELE/AAPIMAGE
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Family and friends attend the funeral service for former Australian cricket player Shane Warne at St Kilda Football Club on March 20, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by David Caird - Pool/Getty Images)
Camera IconFamily and friends outside the clubhouse. Credit: Pool/Getty Images

Earlier, Warne’s children were seen leaving the home of mother and Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan’s house to head to the funeral.

Warne’s death, at just 52-years-old from a heart attack at a villa in Koh Samui in Thailand on March 4, shocked the world and triggered an outpouring of tributes to his skill on the field and his larger than life personality off it.

Australian Shane Warne celebrating his record 700th Test  Wicket in Day One of the Fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, December 26, 2006. Australia leads the best of 5 series 3-0. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Camera IconShane Warne celebrating his record 700th Test wicket. Credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

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