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One of Shane Warne's last ever text messages proves just how classy he really was.
The sporting world went into mourning over the weekend when news broke that cricketing royalty Warne had died after suffering a heart attack at just 52.
Tributes came flooding in as fans, current players and former teammates alike paid their respects to the 'King of Spin'.
A global megastar, Warney well and truly transcended cricket and people were well aware of his kind nature away from the sport too.
Since his death, a number of people have come forward to reveal amazing stories of the great man - although this latest one perhaps sums him up best.
Respected entertainment reporter Peter Ford says he has shared "thousands of text messages" with Warney, despite never actually meeting him face-to-face.
And it was his final text from the cricket legend which truly captures the sort of bloke Warne was.
"Friday afternoon I got one. He contacted me, he'd read a tweet that I'd done about my dog dying and he contacted me and said, 'How are you going?'" Ford told 2GB's Ben Fordham.
"I've had thousands of text messages from Warney"- The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) March 6, 2022
Showbiz guru @mrpford reveals his unorthodox relationship with late cricketing legend Shane Warne and the special message he was asked to pass on to Larry and Kylie. pic.twitter.com/e9HWVRk22q
"That's why it became all the more impossible to believe when I got that news in the middle of the night/early hours of Saturday morning."
It's no secret that the Aussie icon was worshipped by sports fans across the globe, although Warne's own love for cricket was surpassed by something far more important in his life.
"He always would talk about his kids. Such pride in his kids," Ford added.
Warnie sent me thousands of text messages. The content will forever be private but they were hysterically funny,many probably defamatory but great insight into a very decent man. Will talk more about it across Australia & NZ tomorrow. There's an interesting tag to the story too!- Peter Ford (@mrpford) March 6, 2022
"In fact one of those messages said, 'This is the greatest thing I've ever got right in my life, is those three kids'.
"I've got no doubt getting to know him in this rather peculiar way, he was a very decent bloke who could be a silly, a ratbag, a larrikin, all those things we've been using. But I don't doubt that he was an absolutely decent bloke.
"In among these texts, one of the recurring themes whenever there was a new scandal or drama that he was involved in, he would say to me, 'Peter, I just want to get the story out right, because I'm worried this is embarrassing for my kids and my parents'.
"That was always in his mind."
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