John Elliott, the controversial Australian businessman and former federal president of the Liberal party, has died aged 79.
Elliott was also president of the Carlton football club for two decades before being sacked in 2002 after the club breached salary cap rules.
He was federal president of the Liberal party in the late 1980s. He tried to stage a political comeback in 2012 by running for Melbourne city council.
Elliotts son, broadcaster Tom Elliott, confirmed the death.
Sadly, my father, John Elliott, died just a couple of hours ago, he told 3AW radio in Melbourne on Thursday night.
He had been ill for a few weeks. He had a bad fall a little while back and had been at t…