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After some delays, the body of the 52-year-old is being flown back to Melbourne in a private jet.

The privately funded charter flight is due to land at Essendon Airport around 8.30pm, where his family will be waiting.

Shane Warne’s casket has been draped in the Australian flag for the journey home. (Nine)

Thai police escorted the ambulance carrying his casket from the hospital to the airport in Bangkok.

The casket was seen covered in an Australian flag.

Following an autopsy earlier this week, Thai authorities confirmed Warne had died of natural causes, following a suspected heart attack at a holiday villa on the island of Koh Samui last Friday.

Shane Warne’s body is on the way home. (Nine)

A state funeral will be held to farewell the sporting great at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30.

It is likely to be held at twilight to allow more people to attend.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed that as many people as possible would be allowed to attend.

Tributes flow around the world for cricket legend Shane Warne

“There will be no limits on crowds and that sort of stuff,” he said.

“It will be a very big event, it will be a celebration of his life as it should be.”

It is expected several of Warne’s celebrity mates will be in attendance, including Coldplay’s Chris Martin and singer Ed Sheeran.

Shane Warne
The body of Shane Warne will be repatriated to Australia later today. (Getty)

A private ceremony involving family and loved ones could take place as early as next week.

Source: 9News

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