Bob Hawke, the former Prime Minister of Australia who served from 1983 to 1991 has passed away. Hawke’s wife, Blanche d’Alpuget, released a statement earlier today about her husband’s death.
Former Australian Government Minister Craig Emerson uploaded the said statement on Twitter earlier today on behalf of d’Alpuget.
During his term, Hawke enjoyed extraordinary popularity and has been revered as a leader and an Australian. A true lover of beer and cricket, tales of Hawke’s charismatic persona are making rounds on the internet after the news of his death broke out.
The longest serving Prime Minister from the Labour Party, Hawke also received the most approval ratings of any PM ever.
Hollywood behemoths and Australians Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe took to their Twitter to pay their tributes to Hawke.
Jackman said that Hawke served Australia with “an incredible passion, humour and love for the country”:
Crowe thanked Hawke for his services and noted down all of his achievements and great deeds as a tribute to the departed PM:
Hawke’s remarkable life and his contribution towards Australia and it’s development are being celebrated by Australians on the internet.
We offer our condolences to Hawke’s friends and family and hope that his soul Rests in Peace.