Shane Warne’s youngest daughter Summer has shared poignant photos of her with her father when she was a little girl – as she described him as the ‘best dad you could ever ask for’.
In one of the images, the pair are seen lying in bed with their eyes closed, while in the other they embrace each other while smiling broadly.
Warne, the greatest spin bowler of all time cricketers of all time, died of a suspected heart attack in a holiday villa in Thailand. Today police confirmed his death – at the age of just 52 – was from natural causes.
Last night, Summer spoke of her pain over his loss and how their time together had been ‘robbed’.
Summer Warne shared these two poignant images in a tribute to her father on Instagram
‘I wish I could’ve told you that everything was going to be okay and hold your hand. You are the best Dad someone could ever ask for, ‘ she wrote in a statement issued by the Warne family.
‘Our time was robbed. I want more holidays with you, more laughs where your smile lights up the whole room, more ”goodnight I love you SJ, I’ll see you in the morning”, more talks about how our days were and just to feel safe when you would hug me and you would let me know how proud you are of me and how much you love me.
‘You haven’t died Dad, you’ve just moved to a different place, and that is in our heart.’
Summer Warne is Warne’s youngest child by his former wife, Simone Callahan, to whom he was married between 1995 and 2005, and has two older siblings, Brooke and Jackson.
Summer Warne recently re-shared a photo of her with her father that she originally posted three years ago
Fans have posted on Summer’s Instagram page tributes saying ‘your father was a legend’ and ‘your father was every Aussie kid’s hero’
Warne with his three children Jackson (left, now aged 23), Summer (centre back, now 20) and Brooke (right, now 24)
Summer, sister Brooke and brother Jackson, are believed to be spending time at their mother Simone’s home in the southeastern Melbourne suburb of Somers.
The siblings are reportedly been ‘in complete shock’ since their 52-year-old father’s sudden death in Koh Samui, Thailand on Friday evening.
Jackson Warne, 23, told his father’s long-time manager James Erskine at the weekend that he and 24-year-old Brooke and Summer, 20, ‘expect him to walk through the door’ any moment.
‘This is like a bad dream,’ Jackson told him.
‘I think the three children are in complete shock,’ Erskine said on Channel 9’s Today show.
Warne’s niece leaving her aunt, Simon Callahan’s house in southeastern Melbourne last weekend, after visiting her cousins at Simone’s house following the cricketing legend’s death
Summer (centre ) in her school uniform with siblings Brook (left) and Jackson (right) in a post by their father in 2020 when he proudly announced on Instagram that all his three children had now graduated from high school
‘One minute the kids are talking to him every day, the next minute they can’t talk to him and they start thinking about he’s not going to be there for my 21st, he’s not going to take me down the aisle.’
Erskine said Warne’s children are ‘having a much harder time than anybody’ after the 52-year-old’s death.
Simone Callahan is also said to be ‘really upset’ at the thought of her children having to move on without their beloved dad.
In 2021, Jackson opened up about his relationship with his iconic father, noting he only saw him as ‘dad’ and not as a sporting legend like most others.
Warne’s kids, Brooke, Summer and Jackson, (pictured with him a decade ago at the 2012 Allan Border Medal awards) are said to be in ‘complete shock’ after his sudden death in Thailand
Jackson Warne (above with Shane) revealed after his exit from SAS Australia how just the sound of his father’s voice after the show’s separation made him break down in tears