Shane Warne death: Dannii Minogue and Michael Clarke attend funeral

Dannii Minogue cuts a sombre figure in a black dress while Michael Clarke appears downcast as he chats with friends at Shane Warne’s private funeral in Melbourne

An abundance of well-known celebrities came out in force to mourn the loss of cricket legend Shane Warne at his private funeral on Sunday.

Dannii Minogue, Michael Clarke and Eddie McGuire were among 80 close friends and family members who came together to say their goodbyes to the sports star in Melbourne, ahead of Shane’s state funeral on March 30 at the MCG.

Warne died suddenly from a heart attack while holidaying on the Thai island of Koh Samui earlier this month, leaving behind his three grieving children and millions of fans around the world.

Farewell: An abundance of celebrities came out in force to mourn the loss of cricket legend Shane Warne at his private funeral on Sunday, including musician and close friend Dannii Minogue (centre)

Musician Dannii Minogue was comforted by friends as she arrived at the event on Sunday morning.

She cut an incredibly stylish figure in her demure ensemble, which consisted of a black dress, heels and a colourful red scarf.

The heartbroken singer had known Shane for years, and revealed after he passed that he had once given her the sweet nickname of ‘Disco’ when they were younger.

Comforted: Dannii Minogue was comforted by friends as she arrived at the event on Sunday morning

Fond memories: Dannii raised a smile as she went to greet the other mourners saying goodbye to the cricket legend

Tragic loss: Meanwhile, fellow cricketer Michael Clarke appeared downcast as he conversed with Merv Hughes at the event

Loss: Michael, largely considered to be one of Shane’s best friends, looked suave in a black suit and tie teamed with sunglasses

Devastated: ‘But from the day we met, I felt like we were friends. I don’t know why he was so open, kind and generous and loving towards me from day one – but he was,’ Michael recently penned about Shane 

Meanwhile, fellow cricketer Michael Clarke appeared downcast as he conversed with Merv Hughes at the event.

Michael, largely considered to be one of Shane’s best friends, looked suave in a black suit and tie teamed with sunglasses.

He had recently penned an emotional tribute to his pal online in the wake of his passing, with one particularly moving line reading: ‘From the day we met, I felt like we were friends. 

‘I don’t know why he was so open, kind and generous and loving towards me from day one – but he was.’

Eddie McGuire looked equally as devastated as he made his way to the event, keeping his head down ahead of the undoubtedly difficult day.

He wore a sharp suit, crisp white shirt and a blue tie for the occasion.  

Heartbroken: Eddie McGuire looked equally as devastated as he made his way to the event, keeping his head down ahead of the undoubtedly difficult day

Style: He wore a sharp suit, crisp white shirt and a blue tie for the occasion

Fashion: His wife Carla was the epitome of style in a gorgeous ankle-length frock and slip on mules, teamed with an over-the-shoulder bag

Sweet: ‘The reason why he was so loved is because he was fallible, he was Superman. He did the things you dreamt of doing as a kid,’ McGuire said in a moving tribute out the front of the service

His wife Carla was the epitome of style in a gorgeous ankle-length frock and slip on mules, teamed with an over-the-shoulder bag. 

‘The reason why he was so loved is because he was fallible, he was Superman. He did the things you dreamt of doing as a kid,’ McGuire said in a moving tribute to Shane out the front of the service. 

‘The magic part about Shane Warne was that he sprinkled his gold dust everywhere he went.’ 

Style: Former Australian cricketers Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor were also dressed stylishly as they attended the event

Former Australian cricketers Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor were also dressed stylishly as they attended the event.

They both wore crisp shirts and ties combined with a pair of sunglasses.

Legendary Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath was also pictured paying his respects on the day.

He held his blazer in his hand, while wearing a white shirt, black tie and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Saying goodbye: Legendary Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath was also in attendance on the day

Ensemble: He held his blazer in his hand, while wearing a white shirt, black tie and Ray-Ban sunglasses

Shane 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.

Four friends who were staying with Shane battled to save his life for 20 minutes after he was found unconscious in a villa in their Koh Samui resort.

Thai police said that he 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 he was found to be unresponsive.

Shane’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying the father of three could not be revived.

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

Warne 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 cricketer leaves behind his children Jackson, 23, Brooke, 24, and Summer 20, who he shares with his ex-wife Simon Callahan.

They were all in attendance to say goodbye to Shane on Sunday.  

Family: Warne is pictured with his three children Jackson (left, now aged 23), Summer (centre back, now 20) and Brooke (right, now 24)

THE FULL FAMILY STATEMENT:

Keith and Brigitte Warne

The night of the 4th of March 2022 is when a never-ending nightmare began for our family, for that is the date we lost our much loved and admired son, father, brother and Uncle, ‘Shane Keith Warne’ a tragedy we will never come to terms with.

To find words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable, hopefully the mountain of happy memories we all have will help us cope with our ongoing grief.

Over the past few days Shane has been honoured with the family being offered a state memorial for Shane by Premier Dan Andrews which the family have gratefully accepted.

The Premier and Minister for Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula have also advised that the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be renamed the S.K Warne Stand. We sincerely offer our thanks to the state government and the MCG trust for this honour.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his kind words both personally and on behalf of the country, as everyone knows Shane was an extremely proud Victorian and Australian.

Brigitte and I are most grateful for the many messages of love and support received over the past few days and thank one and all for their kind words of comfort.

We also wish to acknowledge and thank those members of the media who are honouring our request to respect our family’s privacy and who will continue to do so. 

Jackson Warne

To my brother, my best friend, to my Dad, I love you so much. I don’t think anything is ever going to fill the void you have left in my heart. Sitting at the poker table, walking around the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza is never going to be the same.

But I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. You just wanted me to be happy, that’s it. So that’s what I’m going to do, try and be happy. I am going to miss you so much Dad and you were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for. I love you so much Dad, see you soon.

Jason Warne

The world has lost someone extremely special to them, who has made a positive influence on their lives and it is incredibly touching to see the outflow of emotion and the amazing tributes to him by friends, teammates, opponents and media. It has been truly heartbreaking, whilst also being sincerely appreciated.

Personally, I have lost my nemesis in all sports as a child, the person who smeared vegemite under my nose while he pinned me down giving me the typewriter, my big brother, my mate. I remember catching the train into the MCG in 1982, sitting in the front row of the Great Southern Stand with our fingers crossed the great Allan Border and Jeff Thomson would get the runs needed to beat England.

Who would have thought he would have such a huge impact at the ground in the years to come and that very stand being renamed in his honour. Amazing life. Amazing guy.

Life will forever have a massive hole in it. I will miss our fierce competition on the golf course, poker table and the sledging, seeing who could put the other on tilt first. Love you and miss you big brother.

A man places a can of beer at the base of the Shane Warne Statue outside the MCG as a tribute. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images) (Getty)

Summer Warne

Dad, 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.

And your final breaths were only moments away. I wish I could’ve told you that everything was going to be okay and hold your hand. You are the best Dad someone could ever ask for.

Our time was robbed. I want more holidays with you, more laughs where your smile lights up the whole room, more ‘goodnight I love you SJ, I’ll see you in the morning’, more talks about how our days were and just to feel safe when you would hug me and you would let me know how proud you are of me and how much you love me.

You haven’t died Dad, you’ve just moved to a different place, and that is in our hearts. I love you forever, until we meet again. 

Brooke Warne

Dad, this doesn’t feel real and doesn’t make sense that you are not here with us anymore. It doesn’t feel right, you were taken away too soon and life is so cruel.

I will forever cherish our final memories together laughing and joking around with each other. We were happy.

We were so similar in so many ways and I always used to joke that I got your genes and about how much that annoyed me!

Well now I couldn’t be happier and prouder that I have your genes. I am lucky and will forever be so proud to call you my Dad forever. I love you to infinity and back and I will miss you forever.

Simone Callahan

‘Who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.’

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