Australian spin great Shane Warne gets a state funeral.© AFP
Australian spider legend Shane Warne, who died Friday of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand, will be given a state funeral, a government official confirmed on Sunday. Australian MP Daniel Andrews, the Prime Minister of Victoria, announced on Twitter that Warne’s family has allowed the public to mourn with them. “I spoke to the Warne family again today and they have accepted my offer for a state funeral to commemorate Shane,” Andrews tweeted. “It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and the country,” he wrote, adding that details will be finalized in the coming days.
Thai police have launched an investigation into Warne’s death and an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday before repatriation.
There has been an outpouring of tributes around the world following the shocking death of the 52-year-old cricket icon.
Outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Shane Warne statue, fans have continued to pay floral tributes and other offerings.
Andrews has also announced that MCG’s Great Southern Stand – where he took his hat-trick and his 700th Test Wicket – will be renamed the “SK Warne Stand”, as a permanent tribute to the spin king from Victoria.
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