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.
Warne was a one-eyed Saints fan and also friends with Cold Play lead singer Chris Martin.
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.”
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.
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.
His former fiance Elizabeth Hurley on Sunday took to Instagram to reveal she would not be able to attend due to work commitments.
The former model said she was heartbroken that she was unable to be there as she was in the UK.
Hurley, who was engaged to the late cricket legend before they split after three years together in 2013, has been filming her upcoming movie Christmas in the Caribbean in London, and is gutted she won’t be able to say a proper farewell.
Alongside a series of snaps taken from their engagement shoot, Hurley wrote: “My heart aches that I can’t be in Australia tomorrow for Shane’s funeral. 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.”
The funeral comes ten days before a crowd of 50,000 is expected to gather at the MCG for a star-studded public memorial.
The service at the MCG will be broadcast live at Optus Stadium, giving West Australians the chance to pay their respects to the Australian icon.