Warne remembered at emotional state memorial

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Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran and a host of former cricketers led the tributes to Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne at an emotional memorial service.

The service, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, remembered Warne who died suddenly aged 52 this month.

His father, brother and three children all gave moving speeches in front of thousands of people in attendance.

The service ended with the unveiling of the Shane Warne Stand at the MCG by Warne’s children.

Elton John performed Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me via video while there were similar musical performances from Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Australians Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman were among the other celebrities to pay tribute.

Warne’s father Keith said the former Australia international packed more into his life “than most people would in two lifetimes”.

He added: “Shane said of himself, ‘I smoked, I drank, and I played a little cricket’.

“Mate, your mother and I can’t imagine a life without you. You have been taken too soon and our hearts are broken.”

Warne’s daughter Summer said: “It has been exactly 26 days since you went to heaven and I miss you more than anything in the whole world.

“I would do anything just to have one more of your cuddles and to hear your voice tell me how proud of me you were and how much you loved me.

“I know you will be forever watching me and be by my side the whole time.”

Warne is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all-time, having claimed 708 Test wickets, the second most of all time, in 145 matches across a stellar 15-year international career.

(Source: BBC)