Australian gangster 'Chopper' dies from cancer
SYDNEY (AFP) - Infamous Australian crime figure turned author Mark "Chopper" Read died on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer, his manager said.
Mr Read, who shot to worldwide fame after the 2000 film "Chopper" starring Eric Bana about his violent life, was being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for liver cancer. He was 58.
"I am deeply saddened to confirm the death of Mark Brandon Read, known widely throughout Australia and the world as 'Chopper'," manager Andrew Parisi said in a statement.
Read in the past has claimed to have been involved in the killing of 19 people but was never convicted of murder. He first revealed his illness in April 2012.