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Australian entertainer Ian Turpie dies, aged 68

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Ian Turpie has passed away at the age of 68.

The Australian singer, actor, radio and TV star, who was best known for his role as presenter of The New Price is Right, died on Sunday (March 11) after a year-long battle with cancer.

A statement from the Turpie family published by AAP read: "He adored his family, friends, co-workers and fans over the past 50+ years. He was so grateful for the many well-wishes he received from so many."

Turpie started his showbiz career at the age of ten when he worked as a child actor in radio alongside Sir Robert Helpmann and June Bronhill. He later appeared in Bandstand, Supermarket Sweep, The Graham Kennedy Show and Homicide.

He began cancer treatment in February last year and was honoured at the 2011 Mo Awards in May when he entered the Hall of Fame.

He won a Logie Award for 'Best Light Entertainment Show' for Turpie Tonight and two Penguin awards for The New Price is Right. He was also known for his charity work with Merry Makers, the Rotary Club and the Make a Wish foundation.

Turpie dated Olivia Newton-John in the 1970s. He is survived by wife of 40 years Jan, children Michelle, Sacha and Joshua and three grandchildren.

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