Elizabeth Hurley has paid tribute to Shane Warne as her “beloved lionheart” following the cricketer’s death aged 52.
The actress and model, 56, were engaged to the Australian from September 2011 until their split in December 2013, with their relationship garnering significant media attention.
Hurley posted a series of photos of them on Instagram, including one of them kissing on the beach. Another shows them smiling and holding hands at a charity cricket match.
Hurley, best known for starring in the films Austin Powers and Bedazzled, wrote, “I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart @shanewarne23.”
Her son with American businessman Steve Bing, Damian, also paid tribute, writing on Instagram, “Still trying to take care of it…SW was a father figure to me for most of my formative years and truly was one of the best men, I’ve ever known
“My heart is broken. Thinking of SW family and sending love to them.”
The record-breaking Australian cricketer could not be revived after he was found unresponsive on Friday after suffering a suspected heart attack at his villa in Thailand.
Many of Warne’s celebrity friends have since paid tribute, commemorating fond memories and remembering him as a ‘true cricket legend’.
Sir Elton John shared a photo of himself with Warne and Hurley, referring to the death of Rod Marsh, the Australian cricketer, who also died on Friday.
He wrote: “A tragic day for Australian cricket. The death of two legends is heartbreaking. I knew them both and played cricket with Rod in Perth. A very special and fearless man.
“Shane was a magical bowler and was so much fun. They were both Australians through and through, which made them so endearing.
“My condolences go out to their families and loved ones.”
Hurley was among those who liked his post.
Ed Sheeran said he spoke to Warne on the phone this week to mark the anniversary of music mogul Michael Gudinski’s death.
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 that we both raise a glass of 707 in his honor and now comes this news.
“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 disappointed.”
Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger shared a black and white photo of Warne on Twitter while reminiscing about his cricket talent.
He wrote: “I am so saddened by the sudden death of Shane Warne. He brought so much joy to the game and was the greatest spin bowler of all time.”
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue also paid tribute to her, writing: “Vale Warney. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. The one and only King of Spin, #ShaneWarne.”
Her sister and fellow pop star Dannii tweeted: “I am devastated to wake up to the news that Shane Warne has passed away. My heart breaks for his family and friends.
“He was such a light and energy in the room. He was always nice to my whole family.”
TV presenter Lizzie Cundy, socialite Jemima Goldsmith and BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker also shared their memories of Warne.
In 2016, Warne took part in the Australian version of the TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! part.
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/news/elizabeth-hurley-pays-tribute-to-shane-warne-as-her-beloved-lionheart-following-his-death-at-age-52-41415017.html Elizabeth Hurley pays tribute to Shane Warne as her “beloved lionheart” after his death aged 52