When Shane Warne passed away on March 4 2022 from a suspected heart attack, a whole array of well-known figures were revealed to have been close with Shane, with Ed Sheeran being one that many didn’t realise had a close bond with the legendary cricketer.
Whilst you could say Warnie was friends with everyone, he did seem to share a very special bond with Ed, whom he knew for eight years prior to his death.
And now, Ed has able to make a very public tribute to his friend, as he did Thursday night whilst performing a show to a 108,000 strong crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – grounds that Warne had a strong connection to.
And within the crowd to witness Ed’s performance of track A Team that was dedicated to the cricketer, was Shane’s three children: Brooke, Jackson and Summer.
WATCH: ED SHEERAN’S TRIBUTE TO SHANE WARNE (Article continues below video)
Shane’s three children met up with Ed backstage prior to the sold-out show, gifting him a framed photo of the hit musician with Shane, plus the late Michael Gudinski, a music executive that was also a friend of both Ed and Shane.
All three of the cricket legends children took to Instagram to share snaps from the catch up they had with the British musician, with son Jackson posting a photo of himself, his siblings, and Ed with the caption “Ed ❤️ @teddysphotos Hope you like the gifts and Thankyou for the @tinglyteds 🥫🍷 And guess what the date is 2.3.23 ❤️.”
Ed had a few words to say about Shane before the tribute performance, telling the crowd that it was difficult to be in Melbourne “and not have my friend Shane Warne here.”
“I know he’s got a stand here and this venue was really special to him,” Sheeran said.
Speaking not long after Warne’s death, Sheeran admitted that he was struggling with the loss of his Australian buddy.
“It’s just a very, very weird time. I feel I haven’t quite been able to process or grieve anything … it’s really, really sad,” he said.