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Shane Warne revealed his family pain in resurfaced interview – after his sudden death at age 52 


Shane Warne revealed that his illustrious cricketing career kept him away from his family, in an interview which resurfaced following his death at age 52 on Friday. 

The cricketer spoke with A Current Affair in May last year, and admitted he had regrets at the months he was separated from his three kids, daughter Brooke, 24, son Jackson, 22, and daughter Summer, 21.

‘I wasn’t a nine-to-five dad who came home every night. They had to do months on end, watching dad on the TV because I was playing cricket for Australia’ Shane said. 

Memories: Shane Warne (left) revealed that his illustrious cricketing career kept him away from his family, in an interview which resurfaced following his death at age 52 on Friday

 Memories: Shane Warne (left) revealed that his illustrious cricketing career kept him away from his family, in an interview which resurfaced following his death at age 52 on Friday

‘One of the biggest sacrifices is that you’re away from your family for a long period of time. It’s not easy, it’s really tough.’ 

He added: ‘Now, these days, you have FaceTime and everything else, then it was completely different.’

Shane said that cricketers would be too busy playing to ‘go hone for births’ and admitted he did not meet his son Jackson, who was born in 1999, until a few months after his birth. 

Family: The cricketer spoke with A Current Affair in May last year, and admitted he had regrets at the months he was separated from his three kids, daughter Brooke, 24, son Jackson, 22, and daughter Summer, 21. All pictured

Family: The cricketer spoke with A Current Affair in May last year, and admitted he had regrets at the months he was separated from his three kids, daughter Brooke, 24, son Jackson, 22, and daughter Summer, 21. All pictured 

‘I didn’t see my son until he was a few months old because I was in the middle of the World Cup, and I wasn’t going to leave the World Cup. It was just a different time’.  

Having retired from the sport, Shane added that spending time with his three children during the pandemic had been a blessing. 

‘It’s just so nice and away they have turned out, I’m proud,’ he told the program. 

‘They all have their own individual personalities, but am proud of them, they are great kids, great young adults,’ Shane said.   

'I wasn't a nine-to-five dad who came home every night. They had to do months on end, watching dad on the TV because I was playing cricket for Australia' Shane said

‘I wasn’t a nine-to-five dad who came home every night. They had to do months on end, watching dad on the TV because I was playing cricket for Australia’ Shane said

The former athlete shared his brood with his ex-wife, Simone Callahan, 52. 

The former couple were married from 1995 to 2005. They briefly reconciled once more, but split again for the final time in 2010. 

In 2020, Shane admitted that co-parenting his three children with ex-wife Simone was ‘never easy’ – but they find a way to make it work.

Long wait: Shane said that cricketers would be too busy playing to 'go hone for births' and admitted he did not meet his son Jackson, who was born in 1999, until a few months after his birth. Pictured together

Long wait: Shane said that cricketers would be too busy playing to ‘go hone for births’ and admitted he did not meet his son Jackson, who was born in 1999, until a few months after his birth. Pictured together 

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the cricket legend said the pair have learned to put their children first.

‘Co-parenting is never easy but you’ve got to be a grown up and if you put your kids first you can do it,’ he said.

‘When people start using the children for their own advantages and don’t make them the priority, that’s when difficulties happen. 

Time apart: 'I didn't see my son until he was a few months old because I was in the middle of the World Cup, and I wasn't going to leave the World Cup. It was just a different time' Shane said. Pictured together in 2001

Time apart: ‘I didn’t see my son until he was a few months old because I was in the middle of the World Cup, and I wasn’t going to leave the World Cup. It was just a different time’ Shane said. Pictured together in 2001

‘Both of us have put our children as our number one priority at all times and that’s why it’s been able to work.’     

Tributes poured in after Warne was found dead while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand on Friday evening. 

Four friends staying with him battled to save his life for 20 minutes, police have said.  

Good fortune: Having retired from the sport, Shane added that spending time with his three children during the pandemic had been a blessing

Good fortune: Having retired from the sport, Shane added that spending time with his three children during the pandemic had been a blessing

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

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. 

Officers said the friends performed CPR on him for around 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived and took Warne to the Thai International Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Family: The former athlete shared his brood with his ex-wife, Simone Callahan (centre)

 Family: The former athlete shared his brood with his ex-wife, Simone Callahan (centre) 

Speaking this evening by phone, Police Senior Sergeant Major Suporn Hemruangsree said: ‘Police received a report about somebody who died at the Thai International Hospital so we went and asked the hotel, and found out that the deceased was with four other friends and died in the room.

‘In the villa, the people were sleeping in separate rooms. They were sleeping from afternoon to evening, until about 5pm.

‘At 5pm somebody came to call out this person for dinner but the deceased did not respond so they called three other friends to perform CPR for 20 minutes. They waited for the ambulance to come.

Marriage: The former couple were married from 1995 to 2005. They briefly reconciled once more, but split again for the final time in 2010. Pictured together in 2010 in Melbourne

Marriage: The former couple were married from 1995 to 2005. They briefly reconciled once more, but split again for the final time in 2010. Pictured together in 2010 in Melbourne

‘The doctor announced the death of the person at 6:53pm. Police went and checked the room and there was no sign of intrusion or possessions being searched through. The body was sent for an autopsy at Koh Samui Hospital.’

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

‘It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday March 4,’ a statement from the management company read.

Loss: Tributes poured in after Warne was found dead while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand on Friday evening. Pictured in 2006

Loss: Tributes poured in after Warne was found dead while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand on Friday evening. Pictured in 2006

The statement added: ‘Shane was found unresponsive in his Villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.’ 

Warne is survived by his three children, Jackson, Summer and Brooke, all of whom he shares with his ex-wife of ten years Simone Callahan.

A state funeral for Warne is set to be held in Melbourne, with a date to be confirmed  in consultation with the Warne family, Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government ‘to ensure it honours Shane’s passing and memory’.  

Shock: Warne's manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived. Pictured in 2015

Shock: Warne’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived. Pictured in 2015

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