Russell Crowe has paid an emotional tribute to his friend Shane Warne, who died suddenly last week aged 52.
Taking to Twitter, Crowe posted the last photo of the two together, having dinner with friends, including singer Amy Shark.
Alongside the picture, Crowe wrote: “Gold medalists, billionaires, fastest weapon in the world. oscars Amy when she was a baby shark. Love, Shane.”
Warne died suddenly on March 4 while vacationing in Thailand. An autopsy revealed that he died of “natural causes”.
When Crowe heard the news, he wrote on Twitter: “Woke up to the devastating news this morning. I have a hard time accepting it. Awesome player. Great company. Loyal friend.”
Cricket legend Warne, widely regarded as the greatest leg spinner in the history of the sport, had previously campaigned for Crowe to play him in a film.
The Warne family has accepted the Australian government’s offer of a state funeral. Up to 100,000 people are expected to attend the state service, which will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After Warne’s death, tributes poured in from around the world. Former fiancee Elizabeth Hurley called Warne her “beloved lionheart” and Elton John said he was “a magical bowler and so funny”.
Renowned cricket fan Mick Jagger also paid tribute to Warne, saying he “brought such joy to the game and is the greatest spin bowler of all time”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/russell-crowe-shane-warne-tribute-b2030835.html Russell Crowe shares an emotional tribute to Shane Warne in the latest picture together