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 Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer, dies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Kerry Packer, Australia's richest man whose fierce business reputation dominated corporate Australia and whose companies control one of the nation's major media groups, died in his sleep overnight, his family said.

Packer's Channel Nine television station in Sydney said his wife Roslyn had issued a statement saying the 68-year-old billionaire died peacefully at home in his bed.

"Mrs Kerry Packer and her children James and Gretel sadly report the passing last evening of her husband and their father Kerry," said the statement issued on Tuesday.

"He died peacefully at home with his family at his bedside. He will be lovingly remembered and missed enormously."

The statement did not give a cause of death. Packer, with an estimated wealth of A$6.9 billion ($5.0 billion), was 68.

Packer owned about 30 percent of Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd., which operates Australia's Channel Nine television network, publishes a swag of magazines, and has interests in Australian casinos.

In 1990 Packer suffered a heart attack while playing polo in Sydney and was clinically dead for eight minutes until emergency medical officers revived him by electric shock treatment.

[b]"The good news is there's no devil. The bad news is there's no heaven. There's nothing," Packer said after the incident.[/b]

 2005/12/28 6:47Profile

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 Re: Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer, dies

How sad..."the good news" for this man have been that there is no heaven..

23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 2005/12/28 6:48Profile

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