Australians (and cricket fans) were devastated when the legendary Shane Warne died from a suspected heart attack. Naturally, many tributes from friends, family and fans poured in, but it’s the tribute posted by Warne’s son, Jackson, that has really moved us, as it shows that the two truly did have a great relationship as father and son.
Jackson Warne, Shane’s only son, posted a black and white photograph of himself and his dad on Instagram two days ago with the following caption:
“To my brother, my best friend, to my Dad, I love you so much. I don’t think anything is ever going to fill the void you have left in my heart. Sitting at the poker table, walking around the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza is never going to be the same but I know all you ever wanted for me is to be happy, no matter what.”
So, that’s what I’m going to do, try and be happy. Every day you told me how proud you were of me and I promise to try and keep making you proud. I am going to miss you so much Dad, I wish I could look you in the eyes 1 more time and give you one more hug.”
“You were truly the best father and best mate anyone could’ve asked for. I love you so much Dad, see you soon.”
He then went on to post another tribute to his late dad last night, which featured multiple family photos and videos, with the caption:
“Memories of dad. Thank you everyone for the overwhelming amount of support, messages and love.”
Warne and his son Jackson looked to be extremely close. The videos in the second Instagram tribute show the two laughing and enjoying each other’s company. The two also went to the Australian Open together just five weeks ago. Plus, going through Jackson’s Instagram feed there are multiple posts of him with his dad; a rarity for a 22-year-old.
A memorial for Shane Warne will be held on March 30th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and is open and free for all members of the public to attend, while a private family service will be held next week. Our thoughts go out to Warne’s entire family.