Shane Warne’s body returns to Australia by private jet
Almost a week after his sudden death at the age of 52, Shane Warne’s body has returned to Australia.
A private jet carrying the body of the Australian cricket legend landed at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne around 8.30pm on Thursday evening.
The charter flight was moved to a private hangar.
Earlier, the first photos of Warne’s coffin emerged as his body was transported to Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport on Thursday morning before he was flown home.
His coffin was seen draped in an Australian flag as he was moved on a private flight before returning to Australian soil.
The moving sight of seeing Warne’s body decorated with the Australian flag was a fitting tribute to the cricketing legend who won 708 Test wickets for his country and played in 145 Test for the baggy green.
Warne’s body underwent an autopsy at Bangkok Police Station Mortuary, where it was confirmed by police that he died of natural causes – a suspected heart attack.
Warne State Funeral will be held on March 30, after a private family service is scheduled to take place towards the end of next week.
Discussions about arranging the service have begun, with immediate plans on hold until Warne’s body is back on Australian soil.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews previously said public service would be an opportunity for the state to pay tribute to one of its greatest sporting icons.
“It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and to the country,” he said.
MCG’s Great Southern Stand will be renamed SK Warne Stand in honor of the king of spin.
“I have just informed the Warne family that the Government will be renaming the Great Southern Stand to the MCG – where he scored his hat trick and 700th wicket – to honor Shane and his contribution to the game,” Mr Andrews said when he makes the announcement.
“The SK Warne stand will be a permanent tribute to an incredible Victorian.”
Warne was staying at a private villa with three friends, one of whom was performing CPR after finding him unresponsive when he failed to show up for dinner.
Police Colonel Yuthana Sirisombat, director of Bo Phut Provincial Police Station in Koh Samui, said Warne had experienced chest pains before his trip to Thailand.
Citing interviews with his family, he revealed that Warne had a history of heart disease and asthma.
Warne’s family revealed that he suffered from heart trouble and asthma in the weeks before his death and that he had also completed a 14-day liquid-only diet.