Originally posted on TIME:
(CANBERRA) — Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday his office said. He was 84.
Fraser was active in public life until the end and his death shocked the nation. His life after politics was dominated by human rights issues.
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning,” a statement from his office said.
Tributes poured in from members of the current conservative government, his contemporaries and from all walks of life.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia’s 22nd prime minister had “restored economically responsible government while recognizing social change.”
“Malcolm Fraser held true to the belief that his actions were in the best interests of Australia,” Abbott said in a statement.
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