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User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

Kerry Packer, Australia's richest man, died at his Sydney home overnight. He was 68 years of age. No cause of death announced at this stage. Remarkable man.
Bill


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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

:O Oh my god!


Mr. Packer was a man I greatly admired - and while we didn't agree on things politically, in the few instances I've encountered him - he has always been a gentleman and a man of great substance.

I know he's had health problems for a long time - but this is so unexpected.

My condolances go to the Packer family.

QFF


User currently offlineSaloth Sar From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

Would Rupert Murdoch be the richest australian if he did not become an american citizen?

User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5825 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

Quoting Saloth Sar (Reply 2):
Would Rupert Murdoch be the richest australian if he did not become an american citizen?

that or Australia's most powerful, but you can have him, his network is pretty trashy if you ask me. hopefully James will be a little less of a wanker when it comes to programming.

As for Kerry, well there is only so many times you can cheat death, saw some photos of him and he looked shocking for his age, not unexpected to hear this.



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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

That makes Frank Sartor the richest Aussie doesn't it? He owns Westfield shopping centres. Very sad, this came as a shock to me. Will any articles be released today or will we have to wait until tomorrow? Maybe Nine will have a special tribute to him this week.

QFA380


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5825 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 4):
That makes Frank Sartor the richest Aussie doesn't it? He owns Westfield shopping centres.

Frank Lowy owns Westfield...



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1624 times:

Interesting character Kerry Packer....

an absolutely ferocious and fearless gambler. In the past he was reputed to have regularly lost half a million pounds in poker games and not batted an eyelid. Current values would put that into millions.

He hadn't exactly had it easy in recent years with his health. Here's to the guy anyway.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1619 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 4):
Maybe Nine will have a special tribute to him this week.

Nah.

It will be covered by the major news agencies - ABC, Murdoch press, Nine, Seven - but don't expect glowing tributes. The Packer's don't want to and don't need to live out their lives in public.

QFF


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1565 times:



Forbes magazine valued him at US$5bn (4.2bn euros) this year.
The exact cause of his death is not yet clear but he had suffered health problems including a battle with cancer, and had had a kidney transplant.


User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 5):
Frank Lowy owns Westfield...

My bad.

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 8):
The exact cause of his death is not yet clear but he had suffered health problems including a battle with cancer, and had had a kidney transplant.

Don't forget the heart attack that killed him for a couple of minutes. Isn't amazing, an ambulance with a defribulator just happened to be passing by.

I heard on Nine News that his kidney was failing again and he decided there was only so many transplants one could have, he also didn't want to be on dialysis for the rest of his life.

QFA380


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

One thing, which alot of people probaly don't know about Kerry Packer is what he did for the game of Cricket. Back in the 70's Packer introduced world series cricket, which was a limited overs format played using coloured uniforms and introduced day night cricket. At first it caused a bit of a stir, but as we have seen the format has been embraced and tweaked into the great series we have around the world now.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8413 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1478 times:
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Quoting QFA380 (Reply 9):
Don't forget the heart attack that killed him for a couple of minutes. Isn't amazing, an ambulance with a defribulator just happened to be passing by.

I just read an interesting aside to this story, at that time it was quite rare for ambulances in Australia to carry a defibrillator. An ambulance in the area, which was one of the few in the fleet to carry a defibrillator, responded to the call and managed to resuscitate Mr Packer.

After recovering, Mr Packer donated a large sum to the New South Wales Ambulance Service in order to fit all NSW ambulances with a portable defibrillator. The defib then got the nickname "Packer Whacker".



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

I wonder if the casinos in Las Vegas are flying their flags at Half Staff? Well there's a vacancy in the Whales of the World......

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