Shane Warne: Family accept offer of state funeral for Australia legend

Shane Warne: The family accepted a state funeral offer for an Australian legend

Shane Warne's family has accepted a state funeral offer, said Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews.

Legendary Australian spinner Warne died Friday at the age of 52 in Thailand on suspicion of a heart attack.

Flowers, beer and photos of fans pay tribute to the Warne statue at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and the country," Andrews said.

State funerals are held in honour of people of national importance.

In his 15-year international career, which ended in 2007, Warne scored 708 wickets - the second most ever - in 145 tests.

"I've spoken with the Warne family again today and they have accepted my offer of a state funeral to remember Shane," Andrews said.

"Details will be finalised in the coming days."

Warne was found unresponsive by friends in his villa on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

His manager James Erskine said Warne's family are in "complete shock".

"I spoke to them yesterday and Jackson (Warne's son) said, 'We expect him to walk in the door. This is like a bad dream,'" Erskine told Australia's Nine Network.

"Keith, Shane's father, is a pretty strong individual but, like everybody, he's just shattered. They can't believe what's happened."

Thai police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Honours were paid to Warne from various games, and the MCG stand was named after him.

His body was transported to the Thai city of Surat Thani for an autopsy on Sunday.

"His friends said that he had had chest pain since he was in Australia," said Yutthana Srisombat, superintendent of police in Bo Phut.

"Based on the evidence, we don't see other possible cause of death."