Russell Crowe’s father John, 85, dies onboard Qantas flight

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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Russell Crowe's father, John Alexander Crowe, has passed away at the age of 85 onboard a Qantaslink flight on Tuesday, according to 7News.

According to reports, crew members and a doctor tried to resuscitate John for 20 minutes however sadly he couldn't be saved. 

Taking to his Twitter account, Russell Crowe posted a touching tribute to his “dear old man”.

“I arrived back in the bush last night,” Russell wrote.

“Today, although the sun is shining and the torrential rain has abated, this date will forever be tinged with sadness. My dear old man, my beautiful dad, the most gentle of men, has passed away.

Russel Crowe's father has died onboard a Qantas flight to Coffs Harbour. Photo: 7News
Russel Crowe's father has died onboard a Qantas flight to Coffs Harbour. Photo: 7News


“I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world who’s heart he touched and who’s ribs he tickled with his sparkly eyes and his cheeky attitude to everyone, and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as any to pass on the news.

New Zealand actor Russell Crowe attends the Showtime limited series premiere of
Russell Crowe has taken to Twitter to share the heartbreaking news of his dad's death. Photo: Getty Images
John Alexander Crowe
John Alexander Crowe passed away at the age of 85. Photo: Twitter/ Russell Crowe

“John Alexander Crowe 13th March 1936- 30th March 2021 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Passed away in Coffs Harbour, NSW, his home for the last 25 years. Rest In Peace.”

Aussie chef Julie Goodwin replied: “I’m so sorry. Condolences to you and your family.”

Today star David Campbell wrote: “Oh mate. So very sorry. Thinking of you.”

Studio 10’s Angela Bishop said: I” am so sorry to hear this Russell. I was lucky enough to meet your Dad a few times. He was lovely, and his eyes did sparkle, just as you describe. Sending love and condolences to you and your family.”

Russell and his father had an extremely close relationship, with the 56-year-old actor revealing on Twitter in April last year that he was quarantining with his dad.

“Isolating with the old man. 84 now. Wearing a hat I got at Princeton while shooting A Beautiful Mind,” Russell wrote on Twitter at the time.

Russell Crowe's dad and mom during
Russell Crowe's dad and mum during "Cinderella Man" Los Angeles Premiere . Photo: Getty Images

Speaking to Extra TV in June about quarantine with his parents, Russell said: "My mum and dad are pretty old now. My dad's 84 and my mum's 79 and they're suffering from the things people get at that age. You know, early-onset this and that. So it was just a better thing for me to be where they were.”

He also revealed the advice his father had given him about Hollywood, saying:

"Dad said to me one time because I spent my whole youth at university to study history ... [and] this little thing happened at the time when I left school and my dad lost his job and he just didn't have the money for me to go to university.

"He said to me, 'You've got have something to fall back on.' The standard cliche, right? I believed in my life there will be a lot of times where I fall on my face, but I will not be falling backwards. And he just accepted that and said, 'Righto, off you go.' The next 200 dads would've gotten in my way but he was like, 'OK.'"

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