Showbiz legend Molly Meldrum made a rare public appearance to pay tribute to friend Shane Warne at his state funeral.
The frail Ian “Molly” Meldrum was part of a long list of celebrities to attend in person at the state funeral of the late spin grand king Shane Warne.
The show legend made a rare public appearance Wednesday night at the MCG to pay tribute to his friend.
Meldrum was pictured wearing his signature Stetson hat and used a walking stick to reach his spot in the sacred grass where Warne took so many wickets and entertained so many fans.
It was the second grim occasion in just over four months for Meldrum, 79, who attended the state funeral of the late Bert Newton at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in November.
Meldrum has rarely been seen since he was injured in a fall from a ladder at his home in December 2011.
The injury left him with a fractured skull, swollen brain, and several broken bones.
Speaking with New Idea, Meldrum said the injury was humiliating.
“You realize that life is short,” he said.
Dozens of celebrities paid tribute to Warne on a night that the MCG renamed the Great Southern Stand in honor of Warne. It will be known here as Shane Warne Stand.
Ed Sheeran, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Hugh Jackman, Kelly Slater, Robbie Williams and Elton John have talked about the great man.
But the stage belonged to the Warne family.
Warne’s father Keith spoke lovingly of his son.
“Looking to the future without Shane is inconceivable. We are comforted to know that Shane has packed more in his life of 52 years, five months and 19 days than most people would in two lifetimes.
“Your mother and I cannot imagine a life without you. You got caught too soon and our hearts are broken. Thanks for everything you have done for us. And for being such a loving and caring son. Rest in peace, friend. I love you.”
His brother Jason talked about the love and respect the couple shared for his brother, as well as how proud he was to be Shane’s brother.
“The impact my brother has had during his extraordinary life has always been really difficult to understand,” he said.
“Although the last few weeks and the tributes and tonight have brought everything into focus. Shane connected with all of us in many ways. Whether he has been entertained by his incredible feats on the cricket pitch, by the time he has spent and by the smiling of many children, or by the times he has met you in person, he has made you feel special. “
And Warne’s kids, Summer, Jackson, and Brooke, warded off tears by describing the things they’ll miss.
“I’ll miss grabbing your big wrists and feeling your hands and saying I have big fat fingers just like you,” Brooke said.
“I’ll miss our chats about how big our double minds are and how big our bellies are, especially after we’ve just eaten our body weight in cheese, pizza and pasta.
“I will miss our chats about life and my plans and goals and I will miss hearing about all of your exciting things that you have planned and that you have to come.
“I will miss seeing how excited you will be with our results and your results.”
Jackson said he had the “best dad”.
“You were the best dad anyone could ask for and you were my best friend.
“The time with you has passed too quickly. It seems just like yesterday we were watching cards playing poker, eating pizza while watching the Saints.
“You were so proud of me. Even if I didn’t follow the cricket route, you didn’t mind. You only wanted the best for me. “
Summer said every day since Warne died in Thailand earlier this month has been difficult.
“I’m really going to miss you dad.
“It’s been exactly 26 days since you went to heaven and I miss you more than anything in the world.
“I would do anything just to have another cuddle from you and hear your voice tell me how proud you were of me and how much you loved me.”
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