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Elton John dedicates an emotional song to Shane Warne's three children during memorial at MCG


Elton John dedicates one of his most famous songs to Shane Warne’s three children as he describes the sports star as ‘the most amazing Australian cricketer of all time’ during memorial at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Elton John has dedicated one of his famous songs to Shane Warne’s three children during the cricketer’s memorial at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

The 74-year-old rock legend performed his classic song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me as Warne’s son Jackson as well as daughters Summer and Brooke sat in the audience.

Before singing his hit single, Elton praised Warne, saying: ‘This song is in memory of Shane, probably one of the greatest sportsman ever. Certainly one of the most amazing Australian cricketers of all time.’

Emotional: Elton John (pictured) dedicated one of his most famous songs to Shane Warne's three children as he described the sports star as 'the most amazing Australian cricketer of all time' during memorial at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday

Emotional: Elton John (pictured) dedicated one of his most famous songs to Shane Warne’s three children as he described the sports star as ‘the most amazing Australian cricketer of all time’ during memorial at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday

‘It’s a sad day today, but it’s not in some other ways because his legacy lives on and he will live on through future generations because he was mesmerising, he was brilliant, he loved to play cricket and he loved life.’

Elton continued: ‘I want to dedicate this song to Brooke, Summer and Jackson. To all the people that came out, God bless you, Shane, God bless the family. Here we go.’

Famous faces rolled into the MCG to pay tribute to Warne, with AFL legends Garry Lyon and Sam Newman, former cricketers David Boon, Andrew Symonds and Chris O’Donnell and music icon Molly Meldrum all in attendance.

Tribute: The 74-year-old rock legend performed his classic song Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me as Warne's son Jackson as well as daughters Summer and Brooke sat in the audience

Tribute: The 74-year-old rock legend performed his classic song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me as Warne’s son Jackson as well as daughters Summer and Brooke sat in the audience

Colourful Melbourne figure Mick Gatto, ex-footy stars Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna and ex-cricketer Darren Berry were also in attendance.

Politicians including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Labor leader Anthony Albanese, former PM John Howard and Victorian Premier Dan Andrews were also among the 50,000+ packing the ground.

Warne died from ‘natural causes’ on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Four friends staying with the cricket star battled to save his life for 20 minutes, police said.

The Australian cricketer turned pundit and businessman, and the greatest leg spinner in history, was found unconscious in a villa in the resort.

Before singing his hit single, Elton praised Warne, saying: 'This song is in memory of Shane, probably one of the greatest sportsman ever. Certainly one of the most amazing Australian cricketers of all time'

Before singing his hit single, Elton praised Warne, saying: ‘This song is in memory of Shane, probably one of the greatest sportsman ever. Certainly one of the most amazing Australian cricketers of all time’ 

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

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

He 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.

Tragic: Warne died from 'natural causes' on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand

Tragic: Warne died from ‘natural causes’ on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand

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