Inside Shane Warne and Ed Sheeran’s unlikely friendship as singer reveals their eerie final phone call days before death

ED Sheeran has revealed his unlikely friendship with the late Shane Warne, and the eerie phone call they shared days before his death.

The Aussie cricket legend, 52, died yesterday from a suspected heart attack whilst on holiday in Thailand.

Ed, who was a close friend of Shane, led tributes to the Spin King.

He also told fans of a phone call they had shared together, earlier this week.

The singer said he and Shane had called each other on the anniversary of the passing of Australian music promoter Michael Gudinski, who died on March 1, 2021. 

"The world keeps taking incredible people away," Ed wrote in an Instagram post alongside a photo of Warne with Gudinski. 

"I spoke to Shane on the anniversary of Michael's passing this week saying we were both raising a glass of 707 in his honour, and now this news comes out. 

"Shane was the kindest heart, and always went above and beyond to make people feel welcome and special. Such a gentleman. 

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"He gave so many hours and years of his life to bring joy to others, and was such an amazing friend to me. I'll bloody miss you mate. Absolutely gutted."

Ed and Shane were last pictured together in April after the singer had a boys' night out in Melbourne with the sports hero and his son Jackson. 

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Ed had flown out to Australia ahead of Michael Gudinski's state memorial in Melbourne where he performed an acoustic version of We Were Younger Then.

The popstar and cricket legend had been close pals since 2014, meeting in Melbourne through mutual friends after a Kylie Minogue concert.

"I really like him, he's a hero," Ed said when recounting the night they met in a radio interview.

"I have three phones and he texts all three of them."

Their bond continued to grow when Shane presented Ed with a signed bat and customised Australian team shirt bearing his name at the Cricket World Cup final.

A few weeks later the singer returned the favour in an interview with Sunrise encouraging Prince Harry to have a night out with the King of Spin while he was touring Australia.


Meanwhile, earlier today Shane's final moments were revealed by the friend he was on holiday in Thailand with, when he died.

The Aussie sporting hero was found unresponsive in his room by pal Andrew Neophitou at the luxury villa they were staying in yesterday.

Thai police have now confirmed they have ruled out any suspicious circumstances following Warne's death.

His manager James Erskine shed light on the sportsman's final moments in Fox Sport special, Remembering Shane Warne.

He said the group were due to go for drinks at 5pm when Andrew knocked on his door and realised "something was wrong".

James added: "He went in there and said 'come on, you're going to be late' and then realised something was wrong.

"And he turned him over and gave him CPR and mouth to mouth, which lasted about 20 minutes and then the ambulance came.

"They took him to the hospital, which was about a 20-minute drive and I got a phone call about 45 minutes later saying he was pronounced dead."

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