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Shane Warne's children visit his MCG statue with their mother Simone Callahan


Shane Warne’s grieving children Jackson, Brooke and Summer joined their mother Simone Callahan to visit the statue of their late father outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday.

The statue has become a makeshift memorial site for fans in honour of the Australian cricketer since his death on March 4, with bouquets of flowers, balloons and cards laid at the foot of the sculpture.

The family shared photos of the touching visit to Instagram, with Summer, 20, captioning her photo: ‘Always here with us, dad.’

Touching moments: Shane Warne's grieving children Jackson, Brooke and Summer joined their mother Simone Callahan to visit the statue of their late father outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday

Touching moments: Shane Warne’s grieving children Jackson, Brooke and Summer joined their mother Simone Callahan to visit the statue of their late father outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday

She then shared a sweet photo of Shane, who was just 52 when he died of ‘natural causes’ in Koh Samui, Thailand, staring up at his own statue years prior.

Jackson, 23, shared a separate photo of himself smiling proudly beside the mammoth statue, which he simply captioned with a love heart emoji.

Despite the heartbreaking circumstances, the family appeared in high spirits as they smiled for the image, wearing casual attire as they put their arms around each other in support.

Sweet: Jackson, 23 (left) shared a separate photo of himself smiling proudly beside the mammoth statue, which he simply captioned with a love heart emoji. Summer also shared a photo of Shane staring up at his own statue years prior (right)

The one-and-a-half-times life size bronzed sculpture of Shane in classic leg-spin pose was unveiled at the MCG in 2011.

Shane shared all three of his children with ex-wife Simone, to whom he was married between 1995 and 2005.

The couple briefly reconciled after their divorce, but split for good in 2010.

Passing: Warne died on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand. He died from 'natural causes', an autopsy concluded. Pictured on Good Morning Britain in London in October 2018

Passing: Warne died on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand. He died from ‘natural causes’, an autopsy concluded. Pictured on Good Morning Britain in London in October 2018

The latest sighting comes after each of Shane’s children broke their silence on their father’s death with touching tributes.

Warne’s eldest daughter Brooke, 24, vowed to always cherish their final memories together, laughing and joking around with each other.

‘We were so similar in so many ways and I always used to joke that I got your genes and about how much that annoyed me!’ she said.

Family: Warne is pictured with his three children Jackson (left, now aged 23), Summer (centre back, now 20) and Brooke (right, now 24)

Family: Warne is pictured with his three children Jackson (left, now aged 23), Summer (centre back, now 20) and Brooke (right, now 24)

‘Well now I couldn’t be happier and prouder that I have your genes. I am lucky and will forever be so proud to call you my Dad forever. I love you to infinity and back and I will miss you forever.’

Jackson added that he doesn’t think anything will fill the void left in his broken heart.

‘Sitting at the poker table, walking around the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza is never going to be the same,’ he said.

‘But I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. You just wanted me to be happy, that’s it.

Grief: Brooke Warne (pictured in London with Shane) was devoted to her sports star dad

Grief: Brooke Warne (pictured in London with Shane) was devoted to her sports star dad

‘So that’s what I’m going to do, try and be happy. I am going to miss you so much Dad and you were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for.’

Warne’s youngest daughter Summer described him as the best dad anyone could ask for as she recalled their time together.

‘I wish I could’ve told you that everything was going to be okay and hold your hand. You are the best Dad someone could ever ask for, ‘ she said.

‘Our time was robbed. I want more holidays with you, more laughs where your smile lights up the whole room, more “goodnight I love you SJ, I’ll see you in the morning”, more talks about how our days were and just to feel safe when you would hug me and you would let me know how proud you are of me and how much you love me.

‘You haven’t died Dad, you’ve just moved to a different place, and that is in our heart.’

Tribute: 'I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. You just wanted me to be happy, that's it,' Jackson wrote. Pictured alongside Shane

Tribute: ‘I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. You just wanted me to be happy, that’s it,’ Jackson wrote. Pictured alongside Shane 

Love: Shane was described as the best dad anyone could ask more by his youngest daughter Brooke (pictured)

Love: Shane was described as the best dad anyone could ask more by his youngest daughter Brooke (pictured)

Simone added: ‘Who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.’ 

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

Four friends who were staying with Shane battled to save his life for 20 minutes after he was found unconscious in a villa in their Koh Samui resort.

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

Exes: Simone Callahan and Shane were married from 1995 to 2005. They briefly reconciled once more, but split again for the final time in 2010. Pictured in 2010

Exes: Simone Callahan and Shane were married from 1995 to 2005. They briefly reconciled once more, but split again for the final time in 2010. Pictured in 2010

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

Warne 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. 

The cricketer’s body arrived from Thailand into Australia on Thursday. 

A private memorial is expected to be held on March 20.

A state funeral will be held on March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with as many of Warne’s fans as possible to be allowed to attend.

Children: Warne's kids, Brooke, Summer and Jackson, (pictured with him a decade ago at the 2012 Allan Border Medal awards) were said to be in 'complete shock' after his sudden death

Children: Warne’s kids, Brooke, Summer and Jackson, (pictured with him a decade ago at the 2012 Allan Border Medal awards) were said to be in ‘complete shock’ after his sudden death 

THE FULL FAMILY STATEMENT:

Keith and Brigitte Warne

The night of the 4th of March 2022 is when a never-ending nightmare began for our family, for that is the date we lost our much loved and admired son, father, brother and Uncle, ‘Shane Keith Warne’ a tragedy we will never come to terms with.

To find words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking to a future without Shane is inconceivable, hopefully the mountain of happy memories we all have will help us cope with our ongoing grief.

Over the past few days Shane has been honoured with the family being offered a state memorial for Shane by Premier Dan Andrews which the family have gratefully accepted.

The Premier and Minister for Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula have also advised that the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be renamed the S.K Warne Stand. We sincerely offer our thanks to the state government and the MCG trust for this honour.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his kind words both personally and on behalf of the country, as everyone knows Shane was an extremely proud Victorian and Australian.

Brigitte and I are most grateful for the many messages of love and support received over the past few days and thank one and all for their kind words of comfort.

We also wish to acknowledge and thank those members of the media who are honouring our request to respect our family’s privacy and who will continue to do so. 

Jackson Warne

To my brother, my best friend, to my Dad, I love you so much. I don’t think anything is ever going to fill the void you have left in my heart. Sitting at the poker table, walking around the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza is never going to be the same.

But I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what. You just wanted me to be happy, that’s it. So that’s what I’m going to do, try and be happy. I am going to miss you so much Dad and you were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for. I love you so much Dad, see you soon.

Jason Warne

The world has lost someone extremely special to them, who has made a positive influence on their lives and it is incredibly touching to see the outflow of emotion and the amazing tributes to him by friends, teammates, opponents and media. It has been truly heartbreaking, whilst also being sincerely appreciated.

Personally, I have lost my nemesis in all sports as a child, the person who smeared vegemite under my nose while he pinned me down giving me the typewriter, my big brother, my mate. I remember catching the train into the MCG in 1982, sitting in the front row of the Great Southern Stand with our fingers crossed the great Allan Border and Jeff Thomson would get the runs needed to beat England.

Who would have thought he would have such a huge impact at the ground in the years to come and that very stand being renamed in his honour. Amazing life. Amazing guy.

Life will forever have a massive hole in it. I will miss our fierce competition on the golf course, poker table and the sledging, seeing who could put the other on tilt first. Love you and miss you big brother.

A man places a can of beer at the base of the Shane Warne Statue outside the MCG as a tribute. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images) (Getty)

Summer Warne

Dad, I miss you so much already. I wish I could’ve hugged you tighter in what I didn’t know were my final moments with you.

And your final breaths were only moments away. I wish I could’ve told you that everything was going to be okay and hold your hand. You are the best Dad someone could ever ask for.

Our time was robbed. I want more holidays with you, more laughs where your smile lights up the whole room, more ‘goodnight I love you SJ, I’ll see you in the morning’, more talks about how our days were and just to feel safe when you would hug me and you would let me know how proud you are of me and how much you love me.

You haven’t died Dad, you’ve just moved to a different place, and that is in our hearts. I love you forever, until we meet again. 

Brooke Warne

Dad, this doesn’t feel real and doesn’t make sense that you are not here with us anymore. It doesn’t feel right, you were taken away too soon and life is so cruel.

I will forever cherish our final memories together laughing and joking around with each other. We were happy.

We were so similar in so many ways and I always used to joke that I got your genes and about how much that annoyed me!

Well now I couldn’t be happier and prouder that I have your genes. I am lucky and will forever be so proud to call you my Dad forever. I love you to infinity and back and I will miss you forever.

Simone Callahan

‘Who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.’

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