Ed Sheeran has remembered Shane Warne as an “amazing friend” with the “kindest heart” following news of his death aged 52.
The record-breaking Australian bowler could not be revived after he was found unresponsive at his villa in Thailand after suffering a suspected heart attack.
Many of Warne’s celebrity friends have since paid tribute, commemorating fond memories and remembering him as a ‘true cricket legend’.
Sheeran said he spoke to Warne on the phone this week to celebrate the anniversary of music mogul Michael Gudinski, who died in March last year, and they both raised glasses in his honor.
Sharing a photo of Warne and Gudinski together, the singer-songwriter wrote on Instagram, “The world keeps taking away incredible people.
“I spoke to Shane this week on the anniversary of Michael’s death and said we would both raise a glass of 707 in his honor and now this news is coming out.
“Shane was the kindest heart and always went above and beyond to make people feel welcome and special. Such a gentleman.
“He gave so many hours and years of his life to bring joy to others and he was such a great friend to me. I fucking miss you buddy. Absolutely gutted.”
I am absolutely devastated to just learn that my friend Shane Warne has passed away. A true cricket legend and a really lovely guy. We laughed a lot together, I’m heartbroken. My thoughts and prayers are with his family 🙏🏻❤️
— Lizzie Cundy (@lizziecundy) March 4, 2022
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TV host Lizzie Cundy said in a tribute on Twitter that she and Warne shared “many laughs together.”
She said: “I am absolutely devastated to have just heard that my friend Shane Warne has passed (sic).
“A true cricket legend and a really lovely guy.
“We laughed a lot together, I’m heartbroken. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Similarly, Jemima Goldsmith, who was a close friend of Warne, tweeted: “Devastating, shocking news about Shane Warne.
“A sporting hero to so many, including my sons. And a big hearted friend.”
Devastating, shocking news about Shane Warne. A sporting hero to so many, including my sons. And a big hearted friend. 💔
— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) March 4, 2022
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker recalled an appearance by Warne on the program in January this year.
He tweeted: “I really can’t believe the sad news of the passing of Shane Warne.
“He only came for breakfast a few weeks ago and was as effervescent as ever.
“What a talent he was. He was a huge influence on cricket and will be sorely missed by so many.”
Really can’t believe the sad news of the passing of Shane Warne.
He only came for breakfast a few weeks ago and was as effervescent as ever.
What a talent he was. He was a huge influence on cricket and will be sorely missed by so many.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 4, 2022
Sports expert Gabby Logan paid tribute to Shane Warne, calling him a “rock ‘n’ roll” sports legend.
The 48-year-old TV presenter appeared with Warne on Sky One’s sports panel show A League Of Their Own in 2012.
She tweeted, “There really are very few true sports legends, rock ‘n’ roll sports stars who transcend their genre, Shane was absolutely one of them. Rest in peace.”
As the England cricket team prepares for a three-Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean, the players and umpires observed a minute’s silence in Warne’s honour.
There really are very few true sports legends, rock ‘n’ roll sports stars who transcend their genre, Shane was absolutely one of them. Rest in peace. #ShaneWarn
— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) March 4, 2022
The Victoria-born weirdo was engaged to actress Elizabeth Hurley from September 2011 until their split in December 2013.
In 2016, Warne took part in the Australian version of the television show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
During his six-week stay in the jungle, he was bitten in the head by an anaconda during a tucker process that required him to stick his head in tanks filled with African clawed frogs, scorpions, cockroaches, rats and snakes.
While in the South African bush, Warne faced criticism after openly criticizing Steve Waugh, who was his captain while playing for Australia.
He also received backlash for his outspoken views on the theory of evolution by suggesting on the TV show that humans “descend from extraterrestrials.”
Warne was the leading wicket-taker when Australia won the 1999 World Cup, finishing with 293 one-day handoffs in 194 games. In 2007 he ended his illustrious 15-year international career.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/ed-sheeran-pays-tribute-to-amazing-friend-shane-warne-following-his-death-41413352.html Ed Sheeran pays tribute to ‘great friend’ Shane Warne after his death