Shane Warne’s children believe a simple test could have saved their dad’s life.
The cricketer died in March last year after suffering a heart attack in his villa in Thailand. He was just 52.
Following his tragic passing, his children Brooke, Jackson, and Summer shared touching statements.
Eldest Brooke said: "It doesn’t feel right, you were taken away too soon and life is so cruel. I will forever cherish our final memories together laughing and joking around with each other.”
His only son Jack said: “I am going to miss you so much Dad and you were truly the best father and mate anyone could’ve asked for. I love you so much Dad, see you soon.”
While his youngest daughter shared: “Dad, I miss you so much already. I wish I could’ve hugged you tighter in what I didn’t know were my final moments with you.
“And your final breaths were only moments away. 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.”
More than a year on from his tragic passing, his family are urging people to have their hearts checked and believe a test from a doctor could have saved his life.
In a letter to News Corp, Warne’s children said: “We believe if dad had taken one of these tests, he might still be with us today.”
While his parents Brigitte and Keith added: “When we reflect on Shane's passing in March 2022, we can't help but wonder if a heart test might have revealed an issue, allowing him to take preventive measures.”
The family have now launched the Shane Warne Legacy, which aims to fund 23,000 free health tests for Aussies this year, and providing 500,000 free heart tests for the nation in 2024.
His kids wrote: “We're immensely proud of the Shane Warne Legacy team, who were dad's team in life for nearly 20 years – they are ensuring dad will be remembered as he deserves, doing precisely what he would want – giving a leg up to those in need.
“His legacy, one of making a difference, is nothing short of extraordinary. He would love this.
“We aim to reciprocate the love and guidance dad provided us throughout our lives by continuing the legacy he left behind.
“It's our heartfelt commitment to sustain the legacy on his behalf.”
You can find out more about the Shane Warne Legacy foundation here.
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