Cricket great Shane Warne’s shocked children say their father’s sudden death in Thailand was like a ‘bad dream’ as they come to terms with their tragic loss.
Shane Warne’s children are in ‘complete shock’ at the Australian cricket great’s passing, describing the sudden death as a ‘bad dream’.
Warne’s long-time manager James Erskine, on Saturday, spoke to Warne’s three kids, Jackson, Brooke and Summer, as well as ex-wife Simone Callahan, and tragically described their emotional state.
“I think the three children are in complete shock,” Erskine said on Channel 9’s Today show.
“I spoke to them yesterday and … Jackson just said, ‘We expect him to walk in the door. This is like a bad dream’.”
Erskine said Callahan and Warne’s father Keith were naturally “shattered” at the shock death at just 52 from a heart attack.
“Like everybody, (Keith Warne is) just shattered. They can’t believe what’s happened,” Erskine added.
“I think that’s what happens when you have a sudden death and you’re not expecting.
“One minute the kids are talking to him every day, the next minute they can’t talk to him and they start thinking about he’s not going to be there for my 21st, he’s not going to take me down the aisle.
“Those things go through your head. They are having a much harder time than anybody really.”
Warne suffered the heart attack while on holiday in Koh Samui, where he had planned to get back into shape after a long summer covering the Ashes.
Erskine revealed Warne had a habit of attempting ‘ridiculous’ extreme diets, in a bid to drop weight.
“He did go on these ridiculous sort of diets, and he was just finished one, where he basically only ate fluids for 14 days and he’d done this three or four times,” Erskine said.
“It was a bit all or nothing. It was either white buns with butter and lasagne stuffed in the middle, or he would be having black and green juices.
“He obviously smoked most of his life (but) I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. That’s what I think’s happened.”
2.30pm: Fond memories of a ‘Brighton icon’
Warnie’s previous neighbours have remembered him as a “friendly guy” who would always stop and say hello.
Former neighbours Suzanne Rumble and son Ben Ronec, said the cricket star was “a great neighbour to have.”
“I used to always see him sitting in his garage with the door open playing poker,” said Ms Rumble.
“The amount of banter and camaraderie in that garage was amazing – and all ages, young and old. With his son, Jackson.”
Ms Rumble, labelling Shane a “Brighton icon,” recalled hearing a few parties over the years, and said the Warne household was always “full of fun.”
“I thought it was fabulous,” she added.
Mr Ronec, who was a few years older than Jackson at Brighton Grammar School, remembered Shane always being involved in his kids’ lives.
He said he and his mum regularly bumped into him at local sports games.
“He would always give us the time of day. He would always want to know what was going on,” said Ms Rumble.
“He was always smiling, always happy,” she added.
Jim, who lived a few houses down at another of Warnie’s Brighton homes, said Shane was “always friendly, always kind.”
He smiled as he remembered Shane’s attempts at three point turns being more like 7-point turns.
“He always waved, always took the time to say hello to his neighbours,” he said.
“We’re all very sad about his passing,” said another neighbour.
Brighton MP James Newbury, whose office is a few doors down from one of the former properties, also paid tribute to Shane on Saturday – remembering him as a family man and a cricket legend.
“He and his children are loved, especially by our sports clubs – He never said no to helping kids learn sport,” he said.
“Rest in peace legend.”
2pm: WARNE’S BODY MOVED FOR AUTOPSY
The cricket legend’s remains were moved on a stretcher from a mortuary in Koh Samui and driven by car to Seatran ferry pier to get off the island.
His body, covered in a pink blanket and on an ambulance stretcher, was respectfully taken from the mortuary at the holiday island’s hospital shortly after midday AEDT.
Warne was to be taken to Suratthani Hospital on the Thai mainland, about 125km or three hours away from Koh Samui.
Royal Thai police said on Saturday night that Warne’s family had told them he had complained of chest pains before leaving for the island paradise this week.
There had been suggestions that any autopsy would be done in Australia, but police confirmed they had permission to perform the procedure in Thailand.
11:30AM WARNE LOSS ‘MASSIVE HIT’ FOR SPORTING COMMUNITY
Melbourne United coach Dean Vickerman might be a silver fox now but, in his younger years, his hair took its cues from iconic cricket great Shane Warne.
United paid tribute to the legendary leg spinner Saturday night at John Cain Arena with a moment of silence before their win over Brisbane Bullets.
Speaking after the game, Vickerman said the loss of both Warne and wicketkeeping master Rod Marsh was a “massive hit” for the sporting community.
“I want to acknowledge the loss of Shane Warne, as a Victorian, as a person who absolutely adored what he did on the field and played with a passion and changed the game,” Vickerman said.
“There were a few blond tips in my hair back in the day because of Shane Warne.
“Shout out to the cricket community and to his family.”
Vickerman’s tribute was part of an outpouring of sadness and emotion from the sporting world after Warne suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand.