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Rupert Murdoch's philanthropist mother dies at 103

Published on Dec 6, 2012 5:51 AM
In a Oct 26, 2011 file photo, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch sits in the audience as Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. -- PHOTO : AP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, a much-loved Australian public figure, famed philanthropist and mother of News Corp tycoon Rupert, has died at the age of 103, her family said.

Appointed a dame for her charitable work by Queen Elizabeth II in 1963, Dame Elisabeth passed away at her Cruden Farm home in the suburbs of Melbourne on Wednesday evening.

"We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years," son Rupert said in a statement.

"Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service.

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