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Cricket fans remember Shane Warne: Blog of his memorial service at the MCG

Kim Chappell
By Kim Chappell
Updated March 30 2022 - 11:28am, first published 7:15am

Cricket fans packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground tonight to say their final goodbyes to the late, great cricketer Shane Warne.

Follow the events of his memorial service as they happened:

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Warne died of a heart attack in March, while on holidays in Thailand.

The world-class spin bowler was just 52 years old.

Tonight he was farwelled by the public, with around 65,000 people at the MCG.

A number of international stars, including Elton John, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran performed remotely, while Australian rocker Jon Stevens fronted a band playing some of Warne's favourite INXS and Noiseworks songs.

Iconic Australians Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, James Packer, Eric Bana, Greg Norman, as well as American surfing legend Kelly Slater, paid tribute to arguably the country's greatest-ever cricketer after Don Bradman.

The State Memorial Service for cricket legend Shane Warne. Photo: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Warne's three children - Brooke, Summer and Jackson - his father Keith and brother Jason also spoke while the Shane Warne Stand, formerly known as the Great Southern Stand, was formally unveiled.

- with Australian Associated Press

Kim Chappell

Kim Chappell

Digital journalist - National

Digital journalist for ACM's regional titles. Before this role, I was the digital specialist with ACM's Agricultural division and prior to that chief of staff at The Land, where I started as a journalist in 2006.

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