Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman pay tribute to Shane Warne at his MCG state memorial by sharing moving video messages as pop star recalls how he randomly showed up to a BBQ at her house one day
Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to Shane Warne on Wednesday night.
‘I just wanted to share a little story about Shane and his parents Bridget and Keith turning up to my parent’s house in Melbourne for a barbecue one day,’ she began.
‘Opening the door, there they are, Shane with his blue eyes and big cheeky smile.
‘He had that star quality and charisma, that the world got to know and love but it was exactly the same on the front doorstep as it was out in the cricket field.’
‘So yeah, he had it and he took it everywhere he went and how lucky we were to get to know that. So that light will continue to burn bright in our memories forever more and we’ll miss you, Warnie.’
Tribute: Kylie Minogue, 53, (pictured) and Hugh Jackman were among the many stars to pay tribute to Shane Warne by sharing moving messages on Wednesday night
‘Today we mourn not only in Australia but all over the world an incredible life and achievements of Shane Warne,’ Jackman, 53, said in a pre recorded video.
‘But we also celebrate because Warnie, yes, one of the greatest cricketers to ever play the game, somehow as a human being reminded us to make the most of every single second.
‘Man, he sucked the marrow out of life. He was a great teammate. He loved the game of cricket. He loved his friends and family. He loved life. There was no-one like you, Warnie and never will be again. We will miss you.’
‘Today we mourn not only in Australia but all over the world an incredible life and achievements of Shane Warne,’ Jackman, 53, said in a pre recorded video
Warne died from ‘natural causes’ on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Four friends staying with the cricket star battled to save his life for 20 minutes, police said.
The Australian cricketer turned pundit and businessman, and the greatest leg spinner in history, was found unconscious in a villa in the resort.
Thai police said that Warne was staying in the villa with four friends, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm local time today he was found to be unresponsive.
Family: Warne with his children Brooke, Summer and Jackson (pictured with him a decade ago at the 2012 Allan Border Medal awards)
Passing: Warne died on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand. He died from ‘natural causes’, an autopsy concluded. Pictured on Good Morning Britain in London in October 2018
Shane’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying the father of three could not be revived.
He became a global star in 1993 by bowling out Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket.
He went on to get 708 test wickets, tormenting teams all over the world, especially Australia’s great rival England.
A state funeral will be held on March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with as many of Warne’s fans as possible to be allowed to attend.
The life and times of Shane Warne: one of the greatest cricketers of all time
Warne was a renowned cricketer known for his love of life
June 1993 – Warne bowls the ‘ball of the century’ to Mike Gatting, announcing himself on the world cricket stage
1995 – Warne marries Simone Callahan
2003 – Warne is banned from playing cricket and misses that year’s World Cup after testing positive for a banned drug
2005 – Warne and Callahan divorce
2006 – The spin bowler retires from international cricket having taken a record 708 test wickets
That same year, Warne has drives from Southampton to London for a tryst with two women
2011 – Liz Hurley and Warne start a relationship that lasts for two years
2014 – Warne has a brief relationship with Playboy model Emily Scott
2019 – Warne reportedly has a noisy four-way sex party at his London home
March 4, 2022: He is found dead in his Thailand villa – the same day his hero Rod Marsh passed away