THE “heartbroken” son of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne still “expects him to walk in the door”.
Warne’s long-time manager James Erskine says the entire family are shattered after the icon died from a suspected heart attack.
Warne pictured with son Jackson who is coming to grips with his legend dad’s deathCredit: shanewarne23/Instagram
James Erskine said the kids ‘are having a much harder time than anybody really’Credit: shanewarne23/Instagram
The doting dad with Brooke and Jackson when they were youngerCredit: Rex
Warne’s long-time manager said ex-wife Simone is ‘really upset’Credit: PA
Erskine said Warne’s ex-wife Simone and their three kids Jackson, Brooke and Summer were struggling to come to terms with the loss.
Erskine told Weekend Today: “I think the three children are in complete shock. I spoke to them yesterday and again.
“Jackson just said, ‘We just expect him to walk in the door. This is like a bad dream’.
“I spoke to Simone, who was really upset, and obviously Keith, Shane’s father, is a pretty strong individual but, like everybody he’s just shattered. They can’t believe what’s happened.
“I think that’s what happens when you have a sudden death and you’re not expecting it.
“One minute the kids are talking to him every day, the next minute they can’t talk to him and then they start thinking about, ‘he’s not going to be there for my 21st, he’s not going to take me down the aisle’.
“All of those sorts of things go through your head. They are having a much harder time than anybody really.”
Paramedics have told how they battled in vain to revive Warne as his friends shouted: “Come on, Shane.”
Their reaction follows a tribute made by Elizabeth Hurley who remembered her “Lionheart” ex-fiance.
The actress was in a relationship with the cricket legend, 52, for three years until they split in 2013.
Warne and Simone had three children together – Jackson, Brooke and SummerCredit: shanewarne23/Instagram
Liz Hurley has paid tribute to Shane Warne
The actress shared touching photos of the pair
Liz broke her silence to pay tribute to Warne, who was with pals at a luxury villa in Thailand when he was found unresponsive on Friday.
She said: “I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart.”
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Liz also shared seven touching snaps with the cricketer as she broke her silence on Instagram today.
The couple went public with their relationship in 2010 after they were pictured kissing outside a London hotel.
Warne moved into her Brighton mansion and they later announced their engagement.
But they split in 2013, with the cricket ace later revealing the spark had “fizzled out”.
On his show A Week With Warnie, he described being “quite sad it’s over” and said he cared deeply about the actress.
Warne added: “I didn’t introduce her to my children until it was real and I believed it had a future – it wasn’t just a bit of fun.”
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Their relationship came after Warne’s wife Simone Callahan broke up with him in 2005 after years of cheating allegations.
The final straw came when fresh claims surfaced about Warne pursuing three other women after Simone arrived in England just as the Ashes series was about to begin.
She headed back to Australia with their three children, Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20.
Thai police have now confirmed they have ruled out any suspicious circumstances following Warne’s death.
His manager James Erskine shed light on the sportsman’s final moments in Fox Sport special, Remembering Shane Warne.
He said the group were due to go for drinks at 5pm when pal Andrew Neophitou knocked on his door and realised “something was wrong”.
James added: “He went in there and said ‘come on, you’re going to be late’ and then realised something was wrong.
“And he turned him over and gave him CPR and mouth to mouth, which lasted about 20 minutes and then the ambulance came.
“They took him to the hospital, which was about a 20-minute drive and I got a phone call about 45 minutes later saying he was pronounced dead.”
Warne had spent the day watching Australia’s Test cricketers take on Pakistan from bedroom before the tragedy unfolded.
‘NO FOUL PLAY’
He had arrived in the country on Thursday with friends for a lad’s holiday.
James explained Warne, who “hadn’t been drinking”, was “having a lie down” when he was discovered with no heartbeat.
He added: “He doesn’t drink, never took drugs, ever. He hated drugs so nothing untoward.
“He was going to do the things he likes doing. He was going to play in one or two poker competitions, play a lot of golf, be with his kids, that was about it; [to] have time to himself.”
Damian Hurley has also posted a tribute to Shane WarneCredit: Instagram
Damien said ‘I’m still trying to wrap my head around this’ following Warne’s deathCredit: Instagram
His comments came after Australian officials arrived in Koh Samui to begin the process of repatriating the cricketer’s body back to Melbourne.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Warne’s family have been offered a state funeral.
Thai police said today: “No foul play was suspected at the scene based on our investigation.”
Tributes have poured in for the cricketing legend after the heartbreaking news was announced yesterday.
Piers Morgan branded his close pal “unique, ferocious, mischievous” in his column for The Sun.
‘GREATEST OF ALL TIME’
He added: “I’m absolutely gutted he’s gone so soon and will miss him enormously.
“But I enjoyed every second of my hundreds of hours in his exhilarating, unpredictable and always entertaining company, and of how many people in life can you say that?”
Gary Lineker tweeted: “Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died.
“The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t quite believe it. RIP Shane.”
England cricketing hero Monty Panesar told TalkRadio: “This is absolutely devastating, I’m sure the cricketing community will be completely shocked.”
He said Warne was one of the “legends of the game” – “on and off the field, what he did for cricket was unbelievable.”
Monty went on: “It’s absolutely shocking. I can’t believe I’m even sort of talking to you about this.”
Liz said she felt like the sun had gone behind a cloud forever
She shared this touching photo from their time together
The actress called Warne her ‘Lionheart’
The couple dated for three years
Warne later revealed he was “more in love… than I’d realised I could be”
The cricket legend died from a suspected heart attack in ThailandCredit: Getty