This morning, the awful news hit that Aussie cricket larrikin, Shane Warne, had passed away aged 52 – the same age as yours truly and even a few months younger. The news hit me like an electric shock. I didn’t burst into tears or anything like that, but it just felt so incongruous that this larger than life character could suddenly be “all out” without any warning.

Moreover, while 52 is just over a half century, I’m telling you it’s still young. It’s not enough runs…especially as he has three kids who need their dad, and his parents didn’t need to bury a son either. However, the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, was only 44 when he died in 2006. Crikey, that was sad and it was so hard to tell our son, who was only three at the time. He loved watching his DVD of The Wiggles at Australia Zoo.

Warnie had a special place in our family. When our children were very small, my brother was a Warnie tragic and it became a point of connection between the kids and their uncle. For one of his birthdays, we bought my brother this choice find from eBay:


On a personal note, I find it bit hard to believe that Warnie has passed away, while I’m still here with all my health problems. However, it’s always confronting when someone your own age goes before you. Indeed, it can almost feel like death came ever so close and only just passed by your door.

Our family sends our deepest condolences to the Warne family, especially his three kids, Mum and Dad and brother. Must be hard also not getting that chance to say goodbye. Actually, just gut-wrenchingly hard.

I’ll leave you with a link to a story I really appreciated which appeared on the ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-05/shane-warne-obituary-dead-at-52/100885192



11 thoughts on “Warnie!

  1. Rowena Post author

    Yes, and he was such a live wire although not so much recently. He’s one of those people a nation adopts as part of their family, their neighbourhood and they almost feel like part of your furniture, and then they’re gone.

  2. TanGental

    He was such an icon. As you know I’m obsessed with cricket and the Ashes battles. While I’ve admired Aussi cricketers over the years I never enjoyed watching them v a England… except Warne. What a joy to behold such a unique talent at work even as he eviscerated England. From that first ball to his last. He lead my own much loved Hampshire too that added an end of career hero element to following him and his analysis and forthright views made him a must in the commentary box. 52 is barely getting going. Sometimes life really is not fair.

  3. Rowena Post author

    I’m glad you saw that tribute, Geoff because I was thinking of you and my beloved brother as I wrote it. I’ve never been into cricket. Indeed, one of the key features of my diary as a 12 year old was about how my brother was watching the cricket all the time and hogging the TV, However, Warnie transcended the cricket pitch and was so exuberant. While he had this party boy image, it also appears that he had a lot of depth and gave a lot back.
    It is hard to understand it all. It’s like a flying brick came through the window and took him out. Mum’s cousin was also 52 when she died of a heart arrhythmia. She was really fit and had been to a hot yoga class and then that was it. She’d been a bit under the weather and was seeing a doctor about it, but then it was all too late.
    It is unsettling in a personal sense. You hope your loved ones around you are okay. No nasty surprises.
    I also ditto what you say about life not being fair. It often doesn’t make sense to me. I had a friend who died aged 50 last year. Works out. Fit. Healthy. Here I am. The reverse somehow still going. Humph! Starting to wonder whether I should’ve eaten all of the almond croissant tonight. Geoff and I were meant to go halves but he went to bed.

  4. TanGental

    Ah the old almond croissant dilemma! We had the most awesome chocolate and almond croissant yesterday that could have fed four. Carpe diem eh?

  5. Rowena Post author

    That was Warnie’s motto. Actually, I’ve stated many times that it’s my motto too. However, there’s also carpe survivum beyondo deum.

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