Notorious crime figure turned author Mark Brandon Read has died after a long battle with liver cancer.
Read died at the Royal Melbourne Hospital "after a long and courageous battle with liver cancer" on Wednesday afternoon, Read's manager Andrew Parisi said.
"I am deeply saddened to confirm the death of Mark Brandon Read, known widely throughout Australia and the world as 'Chopper'. Mark passed away today at the Royal Melbourne Hospital after a long and courageous battle with liver cancer," Mr Parisi said in a statement.
"A fortnight ago, Mark made his last public appearance in front of a sold-out audience at Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre. Despite his failing health, he delighted the audience with his skills as a raconteur and storyteller. This is how he would wish to be remembered, as someone who spun a great yarn and made many people laugh.
Mr Parisi said Read's death is a tragic loss for his wife, Margaret, and his sons, Roy and Charlie.
"For more than fifteen years, Mark has lived a quiet life with Margaret in Collingwood. He worked as a writer, painter and public speaker, paid his taxes and took care of his family.
"At the time of his death, we ask that people reflect on how Mark was able to overcome his past and, after more than 23 years in prison, find a way to re-enter "normal" society. It is as a husband, father and friend that Mark will be missed most deeply.
"In their time of grief, out of respect for Mark's two young sons in particular, the family requests utmost privacy.