Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan posts a heartbreaking tribute to her 'eternal love'

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Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan has shared a heartbreaking tribute to the legendary cricketer following his tragic death. 

The world is still reeling from the sudden death of the spin bowling king from a suspected heart attack at a Thailand island resort last Friday night.

An autopsy report released by Thai authorities on Monday night revealed Warne died of natural causes.   

Heartbreaking tribute: Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan has shared a heartbreaking tribute to the legendary cricketer following his tragic death. Pictured together in 2010

Heartbreaking tribute: Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan has shared a heartbreaking tribute to the legendary cricketer following his tragic death. Pictured together in 2010 

Callahan posted on Instagram for the first time since Warne’s death on Tuesday, uploading never-before-seen throwback photos of the spin king with the couple’s three children. 

‘Shane’s greatest Love, Our children Brooke, Jackson & Summer. Shane was taken too soon from their young lives, she wrote in the caption.   

‘Eternal love remains & will never leave. Vale Shane,’ Callahan added.   

Tragic loss: Callahan posted on Instagram for the first time since Warne's death on Tuesday, uploading never-before-seen throwback photos of the spin king with the couple's three children

Tragic loss: Callahan posted on Instagram for the first time since Warne’s death on Tuesday, uploading never-before-seen throwback photos of the spin king with the couple’s three children 

Playful: One photo showed Shane posing in the back garden while his children played in a large toy house

Playful: One photo showed Shane posing in the back garden while his children played in a large toy house 

Family man: Another showed Shane riding a rollercoaster with his lookalike children

Family man: Another showed Shane riding a rollercoaster with his lookalike children 

Doting father:'Shane’s greatest Love, Our children Brooke, Jackson & Summer. Shane was taken too soon from their young lives, she wrote in the caption

Doting father: ‘Shane’s greatest Love, Our children Brooke, Jackson & Summer. Shane was taken too soon from their young lives, she wrote in the caption

The slideshow was accompanied by a clip from the famous song My Way by Frank Sinatra.  

It comes days after Warne’s grieving family issued a harrowing statement about the athlete’s untimely death, describing their loss as a ‘never-ending nightmare’.   

‘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,’ it read. 

‘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. ‘ 

He did it his way: The slideshow was accompanied by a clip from the famous song My Way by Frank Sinatra

He did it his way: The slideshow was accompanied by a clip from the famous song My Way by Frank Sinatra

From the archives: Shane was also pictured lying on a swinging lounge with all three children perched on his lap

From the archives: Shane was also pictured lying on a swinging lounge with all three children perched on his lap

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.

‘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.’

Throwback: One image showed Shane carrying his son Jackson with a packet of cigarettes in his hand

Throwback: One image showed Shane carrying his son Jackson with a packet of cigarettes in his hand 

Shane Warne's dad Keith (far left) and mum Brigette (far right) described their son's death as a'never-ending nightmare' They're pictured with Warne and his then- partner Liz Hurley in 2013

Shane Warne’s dad Keith (far left) and mum Brigette (far right) described their son’s death as a ‘never-ending nightmare’ They’re pictured with Warne and his then- partner Liz Hurley in 2013

Warne’s son Jackson, 23, 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. 

Brooke Warne (pictured in London with her dad Shane) said she would always cherish their final memories together laughing and joking around

Brooke Warne (pictured in London with her dad Shane) said she would always cherish their final memories together laughing and joking around

Watching his beloved St Kilda AFL team will never be the same for Jackson Warne (pictured left with his late dad)

Watching his beloved St Kilda AFL team will never be the same for Jackson Warne (pictured left with his late 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, 20,  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.

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

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

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

Jason Warne remembered his brother as an amazing guy who lived an amazing life.

An autopsy report released in Thailand on Monday revealed that the cricket legend (pictured) died of natural causes

An autopsy report released in Thailand on Monday revealed that the cricket legend (pictured) died of natural causes

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.

‘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.’ 

Warne’s body will be flown home to Australia on Tuesday.

The family have accepted an offer from the Victorian government and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a state funeral for Warne.

A private funeral will be held for the family ahead of the state funeral which will be attended up to 100,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Jason Warne (pictured with his father Keith and son Sebastian on Saturday) described his older brother as an amazing guy who lived an amazing life

Jason Warne (pictured with his father Keith and son Sebastian on Saturday) described his older brother as an amazing guy who lived an amazing life

The family also thanked the state government and MCG Trust for their decision to rename the Great Southern Stand at the ground the S.K Warne Stand in the cricket legend’s honour.

‘Everyone knows Shane was an extremely proud Victorian and Australian,’ his father Keith said.

‘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.’ 

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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