Liz Hurley set to take part in Shane Warne's state memorial service

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Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne, pictured here in New York in 2012.
Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's 'Hot Pink Party' in New York in 2012. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Eddie McGuire has revealed Liz Hurley won't be in attendance for Shane Warne's public memorial service on Wednesday night, but said she will "still be part of the show".

Hurley was left heartbroken earlier this month when she couldn't be at Warne's private funeral in Melbourne due to work commitments.

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Just hours before Warne's private funeral at St Kilda Football Club, Hurley took to social media to express her heartache at not being able to travel to Australia to farewell her former fiance.

"My heart aches that I can’t be in Australia for Shane’s funeral," she wrote on Instagram.

"I was filming last night and, with the time jump, physically can’t get there."

Hurley posted a number of photos from her time with Warne after their three-year relationship from 2011 to 2013.

"These pictures were taken in Sri Lanka to celebrate our engagement - we had all our children with us and it was the happiest time," she wrote.

"It still hasn’t really sunk in that he’s gone. It seems too cruel that all the people who loved him will never have another Lion hug, but our memories will live forever.

"RIP Lionheart, with love your Luna."

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, McGuire said Hurley once again won't be in Australia for Warne's public memorial on Wednesday but suggested she will appear via video.

McGuire said British musicians Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin will be performing remotely, while golf legend Greg Norman, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar will make video tributes.

West Indies icon Brian Lara, former England captain Nasser Hussain and Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram are all travelling to Melbourne to pay their respects.

Warne's family will deliver speeches - including father Keith, brother Jason and his three children Jackson, Brooke and Summer.

Eddie McGuire, pictured here during a press conference ahead of Shane Warne's state memorial.
Eddie McGuire (centre) speaks as former AFL player Aaron Hamill (L) and cricketer Glenn Maxwell (R) look on during a press conference ahead of Shane Warne's state memorial. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Daniel Andrews unable to attend Shane Warne memorial

Meanwhile, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will also miss the state memorial after testing positive for Covid-19.

Mr Andrews confirmed his diagnosis on Monday morning, forcing him and his family into isolation for seven days.

The premier decided to take a rapid antigen test after waking up with symptoms including a sore throat and mild temperature.

"Cath and the kids are negative, but as close contacts will isolate with me for seven days," Mr Andrews tweeted.

"My symptoms are mild and we're well-stocked on Panadol."

The positive result means he will not be among an expected crowd of more than 60,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday evening to officially farewell Warne, who died of a suspected heart attack on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui.

Shane Warne's parents and children, pictured here farewelling him at a private service in Melbourne.
Shane Warne's parents and children farewell him at a private service in Melbourne. (Photo by DAVID CAIRD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

With 50,000 already taken, another 10,000-15,000 new seats have opened up for people to pay tribute to the cricketing great.

"We started with a blank sheet of paper and it filled so quickly because the world wanted to come and pay tribute to Shane Warne," McGuire said.

"He was a local boy who made good and gave to everybody everything that he had.

"It's going to be a wonderful show, it's going to be fitting for what we're trying to achieve.

"We'd like to invite people to come because this is going to be just one of the greatest events in the history of the city, in this country, in many ways - a tribute to a champion."

Patrons will need to be fully vaccinated to attend the MCG service, which is expected to run for two hours.

Gates will open at 5.30pm and guests must be seated by 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

Rather than flowers, Warne's family has asked people to donate to The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

with AAP

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