Tributes have flowed in for TV and film icon John ‘Strop’ Cornell after he passed away peacefully this morning in Byron Bay aged 80.
Following a statement from Cornell’s family, in which they said he “made the lives he touched much richer, not only through donations, but also through his generosity of spirit, humour, humility and honour”, Aussie media and TV personalities have also remembered the legendary star.
Leading the way is Today Extra co-host David Campbell, who shared loving words on Instagram.
“Farewell John Cornell. Grew up with him. He epitomised the Aussie best mate. Thanks for the laughs Strop,” Campbell wrote alongside a throwback photo of the star.
Singer Kate Ceberano was also saddened by the news.
“Oh nooooo wow Aussie institution,” she commented on Campbell’s post.
Nine personality Leila McKinnon also remembered Cornell, her one-time neighbour and the ex-colleague of her husband, former Nine CEO David Gyngell.
“It’s so sad to say goodbye to such a special man. We loved Corny for his irreverence, his rebelliousness, his kindness and his brilliance. He took on the snooty cricketing establishment with World Series Cricket and helped to make it a fairer, fun, and more accessible sport,” McKinnonbegan in her post.
“But, for me, it’s the love he had for my husband and the way he showed him how to be a happy, generous, humble and community minded man. At a time when Australian men were often expected to be hard and ego-driven he showed him a different way.”
Media personality and author Peter FitzSimons was also shocked to hear of Cornell’s passing.
‘A classic Australian character’: John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies at 80,” FitzSimons wrote as he retweeted an article about Cornell’s death.
Aussie-American NBC sports Leigh Diffey tweeted: “Vale #johncornell … growing up in Australia with Hoges (Paul Hogan) & Strop (John Cornell) as TV entertainers was epic. Lots of laughs. You were the silent, ego-less creative genius … thanks mate!”
More to come.