Tear-jerking details have emerged about Shane Warne's private funeral where 80 of his closest friends and family gathered to farewell the cricket legend ahead of his state service next week.
Emotions ran high on Sunday as mourners congregated at the St Kilda Football Club in Melbourne to remember the Australian icon, https://controlc.com/d31908c7 who died of a heart attack in Thailand on March 4.
It was a fitting setting.
As a teenager Warne dreamed of playing in the Australian Football League and earned a spot in the St Kilda under-19s side before being elevated to reserve grade - one tier below the top level.
But in 1988 he was told he wasn't good enough.
The coaches said he was 'too slow, too unfit'. What a blessing that was for Australian cricket.
If the chubby, blonde-haired kid wasn't cut from that side, the world would have been robbed of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.
As the cricket community mourns the legendary leg-spinner's death, details of his intimate funeral service held on Sunday have come to light.
Close friend Eddie McGuire delivered the eulogy at the funeral and Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a musical tribute called 'The Eulogy'.
Former wife of Australian cricket superstar Shane Warne, Simone Callahan (centre) and fellow mourners toast the hearse carrying Warne on a lap of the ground after a private service at the St Kilda Football Club in Melbourne on March 20, 2022
Emotions ran high as mourners gathered at the St Kilda Football Club in Melbourne on Sunday to pay their respects to Warne, who died of a heart attack in Thailand on March 4
Shane Warne (pictured), who died aged 52 of a heart attack on March 4 in Koh Samui, Thailand, will be farewelled publicly on March 30 at a state funeral