The body of cricket icon Shane Warne has arrived home six days after his death at age 52 in Thailand.
- Shane Warne’s body has been flown from Bangkok to Melbourne via private jet
- A state memorial service will be held for Warne on March 30 at the MCG
- A separate private funeral will take place next week for friends and family
The legendary spin bowler was holidaying on the island of Koh Samui with friends when he was found unresponsive last Friday, and later confirmed dead.
Police in Thailand have since announced Warne’s death appeared to have resulted from a heart attack.
Department of Foreign Affairs officials arrived in Thailand this week to assist in preparing Warne’s body for return to Australia.
His casket was pictured this morning draped in an Australian flag being loaded into a van from a Bangkok morgue.
Warne’s body was then flown via private jet from Bangkok to Melbourne, landing at about 8:30pm on Thursday night.
His family has accepted Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’s offer of a state funeral.
The memorial service will be held on March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Warne enjoyed some of his most iconic moments.
Warne took his historic 700th test wicket at the MCG, and celebrated a famous hat trick during an Ashes Test there in 1994.
Members of the public will be able to attend the service, which will be free of charge to attend.
The government announced this week that the Great Southern Stand would be renamed the SK Warne Stand in the leg spinner’s honour.
Warne’s family, including his three children and ex-wife, have publicly paid tribute to him and expressed their shock at his death.
His son Jackson described his dad as “the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for”.
A private family service will be held separately next week.