Ed Sheeran Speaks Out About His Final Phone Call With Shane Warne
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It was announced yesterday (4 March) that Warne, who was known for his iconic 'spin' bowling technique, had passed away after a suspected heart attack at his villa in Koh Samui, Thailand.
The 52-year-old was found unresponsive by friends and medical professionals said he was unresponsive upon their arrival.
Warne's manager, Andrew Neophitou, performed CPR for about 20 minutes in an attempt to save his life before an ambulance arrived.
But sadly, Warne was later pronounced dead at the Thai International Hospital.
Thousands have been posting tributes on social media for the Australian bowler, including the likes of Gary Lineker, who called Warne 'the best spin-bowler of all time'.
And now, Ed Sheeran has shared his own story about his late friend.
Sheeran told the short story of his final conversation with Warne in an Instagram post showing a photograph of Warne with Aussie music promoter Michael Gudinski.
He wrote: "The world keeps taking incredible people away.
"I spoke to Shane on the anniversary of Michael's passing this week saying we were both raising a glass of 707 in his honour, and now this news comes out."
Gudinski died on 1 March 2021 as a result of 'mixed drug use' after initial reports claimed he had died peacefully in his sleep, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sheeran wrote: "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 was such an amazing friend to me.
"I'll bloody miss you mate. Absolutely gutted."
Warne and Sheeran first became friends in 2014 after meeting through a mutual friend at a Kylie Minogue concert in Melbourne.
The pair were last photographed together in April last year after Sheeran flew out to Australia for Gudniski's state memorial in Melbourne, according to the MailOnline.
Sheeran performed an acoustic version of his hit song 'We Were Younger Then', before hitting the town for a night out with Warne and his son, Jackson.
Sheeran said of Warne in a radio interview: "I really like him, he's a hero. I have three phones and he texts all three of them."
Warne had given Sheeran a special gift at the Cricket World Cup final in 2019: a signed bat and customised Australian cricket team shirt with his name on it.