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An ABC spokesman has confirmed John Clarke passed away Sunday while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria. He died from natural causes.
Clarke was born in New Zealand but made his name as a comedian and political satirist in Australia after arriving in the 1970s.
For 27 years, he has appeared on Australian television conducting mock interviews and skewering politicians with his comedy partner, Bryan Dawe.
Clarke was a man of diverse talents — a comedian, actor and writer of television, film and stage musicals.
He is One of Australia & New Zealand's greatest funny-men.....You will be missed beyond words, John....Never left us without aching sides! Sincere condolences to Brian Dawe and John's family and friends.