Counsellor's devastating reveal about Shane Warne after tragic death
Shane Warne's former counsellor has opened up about her time with the late Aussie cricket legend, revealing he thought he had 30 more years to live.
The sporting world is still coming to grips with the sudden death of Warne at 52 from a suspected heart attack while on Koh Samui island in Thailand.
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On Saturday, a counsellor who previously gave Warne relationship advice said he was the happiest she'd ever seen him and he was looking to find love again.
"Everything was going well. He had booked three months off and was looking forward to spending time with his kids, who he adored. There was no hint of health worries. He thought he had 30 years left," Lianne Young told British tabloid The Sun.
“We talked about relationships and he seemed ready to find someone new. He never dwelt on his past.
“I remember at the end of the session, I asked, ‘Do you know what you want now?’.
“And he replied, ‘Yes, I’m happy’. I think he wanted three things from life - to remain close with his children, to settle down with someone and to play cricket. He was excited about the future.”
Warne was famously engaged to British actress Liz Hurley after his marriage with Simone Callahan ended.
He also dated British model Emily Scott, with all three women paying tribute to him after his tragic death.
Former wife Simone said Warne "brought a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains".
Simone also posted a number of photos and videos of Warne with children Jackson, Summer and Brooke when they were younger.
"Shane’s greatest Love, Our children Brooke, Jackson & Summer," she wrote alongside the never-before-seen photos.
"Shane was taken too soon from their young lives. Eternal love remains & will never leave. Vale Shane."
Shane Warne's great loves pay tribute
Hurley took to social media to pay her own tribute to Warne, who she was engaged to in 2013.
“I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart,” the 56-year-old wrote.
Hurley’s son Damian also posted on Instagram about Warne, writing: “I’m still trying to wrap my head around this.
"SW was a father figure to me for most of my formative years and was truly one the best men I’ve ever known. My heart is broken. Thinking of and sending love to all SW’s family.”
And Scott wrote: “You were my friend and confidante. We’d play. You were the most fun.
“Your kids, you were adorable with them.
“The loss feels too much. You gave the gift of your light, numerous memories, and I’ll always treasure them.”
The former glamour model also shared the final message that Warne sent to her, revealing he'd sent her a photo that appears to be from the villa on Koh Samui where he died.
Warne's body arrived home in Melbourne on a flight from Thailand on Thursday night.
Warne's eldest daughter Brooke and son Jackson were at the hangar, as was ex-wife Callahan and Warne's parents Keith and Brigitte.
The King of Spin will be farewelled at a state funeral at the MCG on March 30.
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