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Shane Warne’s family accepts offer of state funeral for Australia legendary spinner

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne will be given a state funeral after the legendary cricketer’s family accepted the offer from Victoria premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday. Warne, 52, died due to a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand despite the best efforts of his manager to revive him for nearly 20 minutes till an ambulance arrived.

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Andrews confirmed that the legend’s family had accepted the state government’s offer. More details will be released in coming days.

“It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and the country,” said Andrews, according to sources.

The Thai police is not treating the death of the 52-year-old, 145-Test veteran as suspicious, with the superintendent at the Bo Phut police station in Koh Samui, Yuttana Sirisombat, telling the media on Sunday that Warne was suffering chest pains before arriving in Thailand.

Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, has said the police and hospital staff in Koh Samui “were working to get Warne’s body back to Australia quickly”, according to the report.

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“They have been very compassionate, very efficient and very understanding,” said McKinnon.

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