Shane Warne’s family has implored mourner’s of the beloved cricketer to donate to a brain research center instead of sending flowers.
Warne’s private memorial with his family will be held later this week followed by a state funeral at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30.
The legendary leg-spinner died on March 4 on a Thai holiday on the island of Koh Samui after suffering a heart attack in his luxury villa aged just 52, with his body arriving back in Australia on Thursday.
Warne’s family requested that mourners wishing to send flowers or gifts donate to the brain research center The Florey instead.
Shane Warne’s family has implored mourner’s of the beloved cricketer to donate to a brain research center instead of sending flowers. Pictured: Warne with his children his Brooke, 24, Jackson, 23, and Summer, 20
‘We are humbled by the request of Shane Warne’s family to make a donation to the Florey Institute in lieu of sending flowers,’ the institute said.
‘We are also grateful for donations made by the community, which will allow us to continue our vital brain and mind research to find treatments, solutions and ultimately improve the lives of people who live with neurological and mental health conditions.
‘On behalf of the Florey Institute’s board, staff and students, we extend our thoughts and condolences to the family of our proud Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne.’
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and crooner Ed Sheeran are on the VIP list while the Warne’s ex-fiancée Elizabeth Hurley needs no invite.
Anyone else wanting to attend Shane Warne’s star-studded memorial at the MCG will have to enter a public ballot.
The legendary leg-spinner died from a heart attack during a holiday to the island of Ko Samui in Thailand, with his body arriving back in Australia earlier this week
The memorial is scheduled to start at 7pm, allowing plenty of families to attend and pay their respects to the late Australian sporting great.
Martin – a close friend of Warne – wants to be involved in Melbourne, while Hurley, the spin-king’s former fiancée, is also looking to fly out to Australia.
Sheeran, who enjoyed a close friendship with Australia’s greatest ever leg-spinner, is unlikely to attend due to a London gig, while Elton John, a fellow cricket tragic, is touring in America.
There will be 50,000 tickets available to the public, with many to sit in the soon to be renamed SK Warne Stand
Tickets to Shane Warne’s star-studded memorial at the MCG on March 30 will be available to the public via a ballot
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin – a close friend of Warne – wants to be involved, with Liz Hurley’s the spin-king’s former fiancée, also looking to fly out to Australia
The Warne family were happy for the state memorial to be staged at the MCG, with parents Keith and Brigitte, former wife Simone Callahan and Warne’s three children – Brooke, 24, Jackson, 23, and Summer, 20 – all expected to attend alongside Jason Warne, Shane’s brother.
Australia’s cricketers will be represented by test stars David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc, who will fly home from the current tour of Pakistan.
Further confirmed dignitaries include Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian premier Dan Andrews.
‘Nobody who saw Shane Warne play will ever forget him. Affectionately known as ‘Warnie’ and ‘The King’, he had a talent like no other and the charisma to match,’ a statement from Mr Andrews read.
‘His humour, flair and larrikinism will be sorely missed. ‘After his retirement his as a player, Mr Warne continued to be a voice for cricket, sharing his deep knowledge his as a commentator of the game. e
‘The State Memorial Service will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and will be an opportunity for Victorians and all Australians to pay tribute to Mr Warne’s contribution to his sport, to our state and the country.’
Those wishing to attend the memorial should visit www.vic.gov.au/shane-warne
Actor Liz Hurley and Warne were engaged in 2011 – but went their separate ways two years later
Up to 50,000 mourners are expected to fill the soon to be renamed SK Warne Stand at his memorial at the MCG on March 30