Shane Warne’s former fiancee Liz Hurley has paid tribute to the Australian cricketer following his sudden death in Thailand on Friday.
“I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever,” she wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “RIP my beloved Lionheart.”
The British model and actor began dating Warne at the end of 2010. The pair became engaged in October 2011, but split two years later.
“The Warne impulse was in action,” he wrote in his book, when recalling the impromptu proposal on James Packer’s superyacht.
“I didn’t have a ring, nothing, but the moment was right.”
Warne later credited Hurley for helping him to get back into shape and for making the transition to a healthier lifestyle.
The relationship with Hurley provided the catalyst for the bowler’s final split from his wife, childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan.
Warne announced the split from his wife December 2010 after pictures of him kissing Hurley were published. His marriage has already gone through a number of tumultuous years, with numerous allegations of affairs on Warne’s part.