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Legendary comic John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies aged 80

Australian comedian John Cornell — best known as Paul Hogan’s sidekick Strop — has died at the age of 80 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He died at his home in Byron Bay in NSW.

In a statement issued by his family, Cornell — who started his career as a journalist on the Daily News in Perth — was praised as a “classic Australian character”.

“After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001, John concentrated his efforts on philanthropy, supporting his community and worthy environmental, sporting and medical causes,” the statement read.

Camera IconJohn Cornell as ‘Strop’ with Paul Hogan and wife Delvene Delaney in the The Paul Hogan Show. Credit: SUPPLIED/News Limited

Cornell was a force in the entertainment industry, also combining with Hogan — who he met while producing A Current Affair — in the worldwide Aussie hit movie Crocodile Dundee and playing a major part in Kerry Packer setting up World Series Cricket.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Delvene Delaney, and his three daughters Melissa, Allira and Liana.

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