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A close friend of Shane Warne has shared the final photo taken of the cricket legend before his tragic death in Thailand.
Thomas Hall, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Sporting News, was in the Koh Samui with Warney when he suffered a heart attack and passed away.
The Aussie icon's death sent shockwaves around the world with thousands, if not millions, paying their respects to a bloke widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketer's of all-time.
On Monday night, Hall shared the last ever photograph taken of Warne just days before his death in Thailand.
In the picture, he can be seen grinning from ear to ear and looking very relaxed while on holiday with his close friends.
The photograph really captures Warney at his best: Full of happiness.
A bunch of cricket greats joined Warne's family in making touching tributes to the much-loved 52-year-old.
Hall himself also penned an article for The Sporting News discussing their beautiful friendship, sharing personal stories which truly encapsulate what sort of bloke Warne was.
"A few balls into the Test, Warney jumps up and says, 'Mate, I bought you a present,' and rushes off excitedly to his room," Hall wrote.
"He came back with an armful of clothes looking like he had been at a yard sale.
"He presented me with his jumper from the 2005 Ashes Test, his 2008 IPL shirt and a one-day international shirt and cap to place in the TSN offices in Australia and the UK. Amazing gifts I knew the teams would love and cherish."
Tom Hall, CEO and one of the owners of The Sporting News, knew Shane Warne like few others and was with the Australian cricketing icon hours before his tragic passing in Thailand.- Australia (@sportingnewsau) March 6, 2022
Hall also revealed Warne's final ever meal before his tragic passing.
"I have dined with Shane in many fine establishments, but rather than sample some of the local Thai fare, we tuck into a plate of Vegemite on toast," he said.
"Shane chomping away: 'Geez, you can't beat Vegemite with some butter, always great wherever you are in the world.'
"An Australian through and through - this was to turn out to be his last meal. Ever the caring father, as I was leaving, he headed up to his bedroom to call his kids."