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Rupert Murdoch’s mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, has died peacefully at home in Australia, aged 103.
She died at the family home, Cruden Farm, outside Melbourne, and is survived by three children and 77 direct descendants, including five great-great grandchildren.
Rupert Murdoch, 81, regards his mother’s longevity as a sign he will be able to carry on running his global media company for many years to come.
Dame Elisabeth was renowned for her charitable works and helped create the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.