Businessman John Elliott, who was a Liberal party elder and the longest-serving president of Carlton Football Club, has died in hospital aged 79.
His son Tom Elliott told Melbourne radio 3AW his father “had taken his last breath” on Thursday.
“He had been ill for a few weeks,” Tom said.
“It is very sad news for us and my brothers and sisters and all the members of my family.”
Mr Elliott was to turn 80 in 10 days.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Mr Elliott was a “forthright man who said what he meant and meant what he said”.
“He lived a big life. It was an authentic Australian life,” he said on Friday from the United States.
“Big lives always have their critics, make their fair share of mistakes, but mostly, there is something about …
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