Former Australian of the Year Alan Bond died following complications from a recent heart surgery.
Two of the controversial business tycoon’s children John Bond and Jody Fewster told reporters outside Fiona Stanley Hospital that their father has passed away. John Bond said that, even though the hospital staff’s efforts to keep Bond alive have been “heroic,” the businessman “never regained consciousness after his surgery on Tuesday.”
Robyn Lawrence, the hospital’s executive director told the ABC that “all efforts were made to do the best to improve his outcome,” but the Mr Bond, who had returned to WA for a heart bypass operation was placed in an induced coma when things did not go as planned.
John Bond, paid tribute to his father stating he was “a larger-than-life character.” He described the former Australian of the Year as “a father who tried his best to be the best dad he could” and as a person who accomplished a lot. John and Jody’s mother and Bond’s ex-wife Eileen was due to fly to Perth from the UK to be with her children, but she is not expected to arrive until the weekend.
John Bond said his mother and father were “always great soul mates” who never “broke their connection” and spoke of Bond’s second wife, Diana Bliss, who passed away in 2012.
In an earlier statement, children John, Jody and Craig said their father “has been essentially stable for the last 24 hours.” Bond had open heart surgery on Tuesday to replace a heart valve which had not been replaced in two decades.