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Shane Warne's children deliver heartbreaking speeches at cricket star's memorial: 'You saved me, Dad'

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Shane Warne's three children Summer, Brooke, and Jackson have delivered heartfelt speeches to farewell their cricket legend father at his State Memorial.

Youngest daughter Summer Warne spoke first, taking to the stage as Bryan Adams' 'Summer of 69' played — a song loved by the late spin king.

Summer, 20, held back tears as she spoke about the grief of losing her dad and her last moments with him, just before he left for his Thailand trip. 

Shane Warne's youngest daughter Summer recalled her last moments with her father.

Shane Warne's youngest daughter Summer recalled her last moments with her father.

"As I opened the door, you came inside and had your car door wide open, blaring that song. You started dancing and singing with true happiness all around you," Summer said.

"Looking back on that memory now, it is so incredibly special ... as the year you were born was 1969 and a verse in that song is, 'When I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever. And if I had a choice I'd always want to be there. Those were the best days of my life.'

"You will always be with us, Dad, just not in the way we had hoped."

 Summer Warne speaks on stage alongside Jackson Warne and Brooke Warne.

Summer Warne speaks on stage alongside Jackson Warne and Brooke Warne.

Warne's youngest daughter also thanked her late father for "saving" her in some of the darkest moments of her life.

"When I was struggling, and I didn't know how to go on with life because I was dealing with my own demons, you showed me how I could fall in love with life again," she continued. 

"You told me that I could either live with these demons or fight with them and come out stronger at the end. You saved me, Dad. You truly did."

"You took pride in every little thing us kids would do because you loved us with your whole heart. You truly did have a golden heart, Dad. Your endless advice is something I'm going to forever miss."

In a heartbreaking conclusion, Summer expressed how painful it is that her dad would never walk her down the aisle or become a grandfather.

"I've had to come to terms with the fact that you won't be able to walk down the aisle on my special day," she went on.

The siblings embrace after speaking at the cricketer's memorial

The siblings embrace after speaking at the cricketer's memorial

"You're not going to meet your grandchildren that you're going to have someday, but instead you will be someone I will tell my kids about and how much of an amazing father you were to me."

"May you now rest in eternal paradise, I love you so unconditionally much. Love, SJ."

Warne's son Jackson, 22, then took to the stage and gave a devastating speech about how much he will miss his dad.

"You were the best Dad anyone could have asked for and you were my best friend. Time with you went way too fast," he said.

"It feels just like yesterday that we were looking at each other's cards playing poker, eating pizza while watching the Saints. I never forget how much fun we had doing simple things, grocery shopping, watching movies, or going for walks during the lockdown."

Jackson also poked fun at his decision to not follow in his cricket star dad's footsteps.

"You never pressured me into playing cricket and all you ever wanted for me was to be happy," he continued.

"In one of the first games of cricket I ever played, you told me, 'Just go out there and have fun because when you're happy, good things will happen."

"That was the mindset I had for that game. I ended up taking a hat trick and that's a memory I will never forget."

Lastly, Warne's eldest daughter Brooke, 24, shared her own happy memories of her "passionate" father and praised him for being such a loving parent.

"My dad was always the person that wanted to make sure everyone was OK before him," she said.

"He wanted to be sure that everyone was happy before him. He wanted the absolute best for everyone, especially us, his kids."

During her emotional speech, she also shared sweet anecdotes of her dad's nickname for her, "Brookstar", and how much he loved to eat spaghetti bolognese.

"My Dad just wanted to be the best dad he could be. He would always want to play games, take us to parks, watch movies, and chill around the house. At the end of the day, he just wanted to be our dad. He wanted to be a part of our lives in every possible way. We were so lucky," she went on.

Brooke Warne speaks on stage during the state memorial service for Shane Warne.

Brooke Warne speaks onstage during the state memorial service for Shane Warne.

"I will miss seeing how excited you get over our achievements and your achievements. I have to come to the fact that my Dad will never get to see me grow up, or Jackson or Summer, or see us get married one day, have kids, and get the promotion I was going for.

"I could go on forever about what we're going to miss out on, but nothing would be more upsetting than how much I already miss you, Dad."

Brooke concluded by telling the crowd she still felt like her dad was just "on holiday".

"I feel like you're on holiday because you were always working out of Australia, but I know that's not the case," she added.

"But what makes me the saddest is, I will never get to wrap my arms around you and give you the biggest hug and rest my chin on your chest. Dad was our shining star in life and now he's shining down on all of us."

 

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