ELIZABETH Hurley has paid tribute to her “Lionheart” ex-fiance Shane Warne after he died from a suspected heart attack.
The actress was in a relationship with the cricket legend, 52, for three years until they split in 2013.
Liz Hurley has paid tribute to Shane Warne
The actress shared touching photos of the pair
Liz broke her silence to pay tribute to Warne, who was with pals at a luxury villa in Thailand when he was found unresponsive on Friday.
She said: “I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart.”
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Liz also shared seven touching snaps with the cricketer as she broke her silence on Instagram today.
The couple went public with their relationship in 2010 after they were pictured kissing outside a London hotel.
Warne moved into her Brighton mansion and they later announced their engagement.
But they split in 2013, with the cricket ace later revealing the spark had “fizzled out”.
On his show A Week With Warnie, he described being “quite sad it’s over” and said he cared deeply about the actress.
He revealed how the “circus” surrounding their relationship “got scary”.
The sportsman recalled seven cars and a helicopter following their every move when she visited him in Melbourne in 2011, after six months of dating.
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Warne added: “I didn’t introduce her to my children until it was real and I believed it had a future – it wasn’t just a bit of fun.”
Reflecting on their romance, he claimed to have been “more in love… than I’d realised I could be”.
“I miss the love we had. My years with Elizabeth were the happiest of my life,” he added.
Liz’s son Damian had shared a photo of the three of them together at Christmas.
The actor and model, 19, wrote: “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.”
Their relationship came after Warne’s wife Simone Callahan broke up with him in 2005 after years of cheating allegations.
The final straw came when fresh claims surfaced about Warne pursuing three other women after Simone arrived in England just as the Ashes series was about to begin.
She headed back to Australia with their three children, Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20.
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 pal Andrew Neophitou 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.”
Warne had spent the day watching Australia’s Test cricketers take on Pakistan from bedroom before the tragedy unfolded.
‘NO FOUL PLAY’
He had arrived in the country on Thursday with friends for a lad’s holiday.
James explained Warne, who “hadn’t been drinking”, was “having a lie down” when he was discovered with no heartbeat.
He added: “He doesn’t drink, never took drugs, ever. He hated drugs so nothing untoward.
“He was going to do the things he likes doing. He was going to play in one or two poker competitions, play a lot of golf, be with his kids, that was about it; [to] have time to himself.”
‘FELT HEALTHIER THAN EVER’
The dad of three also said in November he felt healthier than ever and young at heart.
He revealed: “I train all the time, I walk, I run. I go to the gym. I try to play golf a few days a week and I walk up to 10k a day.
“I try to stay between 13 and 13 and a half stone and I feel pretty good. It has taken me a long time to get the right balance though.
“I still enjoy a pizza and a beer, but I just have to train harder when I’ve had it. I guess it’s about everything in moderation. Life is about balance, right.
“I just turned 52 and I feel more confident again. I’m single and I am happy to be that way.
“Do I feel my age? No. I don’t. Then again, I think I’ve still got the mentality of a teenager.”
Damian Hurley has also posted a tribute to Shane WarneCredit: Instagram
Damien said ‘I’m still trying to wrap my head around this’ following Warne’s deathCredit: Instagram
His comments came after Australian officials arrived in Koh Samui to begin the process of repatriating the cricketer’s body back to Melbourne.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Warne’s family have been offered a state funeral.
Parents Andrew and Brigitte were seen with the late star’s brother, Jason, at the family home in Melbourne. Brigitte said: “We’re just in shock.”
Thai police said today: “No foul play was suspected at the scene based on our investigation.”
Tributes have poured in for the cricketing legend after the heartbreaking news was announced yesterday.
Piers Morgan branded his close pal “unique, ferocious, mischievous” in his column for The Sun.
‘GREATEST OF ALL TIME’
He added: “I’m absolutely gutted he’s gone so soon and will miss him enormously.
“But I enjoyed every second of my hundreds of hours in his exhilarating, unpredictable and always entertaining company, and of how many people in life can you say that?”
Morgan also tweeted a call for Warne to be be made a Sir: “He was the only one of Wisden’s five greatest cricketers of the 20th century not to be knighted.
“He wasn’t Mother Teresa but if Gavin bloody Williamson can get a gong then so should Warnie, posthumously, for services to cricket & charity. Make it happen @BorisJohnson. #SirShane.”
Gary Lineker tweeted: “Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died.
“The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t quite believe it. RIP Shane.”
England cricketing hero Monty Panesar told TalkRadio: “This is absolutely devastating, I’m sure the cricketing community will be completely shocked.”
He said Warne was one of the “legends of the game” – “on and off the field, what he did for cricket was unbelievable.”
Monty went on: “It’s absolutely shocking. I can’t believe I’m even sort of talking to you about this.”
Shane Warne introduced his kids to Liz Hurley and son Damian when their relationship got seriousCredit: Instagram
Liz said she felt like the sun had gone behind a cloud forever
She shared this touching photo from their time together
The actress called Shane her ‘Lionheart’
The couple dated for three years
They were engaged but split in 2013
Warne later revealed he was “more in love… than I’d realised I could be”
The cricket legend died from a suspected heart attack in ThailandCredit: Getty