Australian satirist and comedian John Clarke died Sunday while hiking in Victoria's Grampians with his wife Helen, an ABC spokesman has confirmed today. He was 68.
Clarke was best known for his work with Bryan Dawe on ABC's 7:30, with the pair appearing weekly in sketch interviews for the past 27 years. He has also appeared in television comedy shows Kath and Kim and The Lano and Woodly Show, and was the star and co-writer of the award-winning mockumentary series, The Games, which centred around the organising of the Sydney Olympic games.
Clarke, who was born in New Zealand in 1948, migrated to Australia in the 1970s. Alongside his television work he has also co-wrote several musicals, including The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom, as well as written several books, such as A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report.
Update (12:57pm): His family has released a statement saying "John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends." Clarke is survived by two daughters Loren and Lucia, grand-children Claudia and Charles and son-in-law Stewart Thorn.
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