Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Dies, 103Mother of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch Passed Wednesday at Family Home in Australia 12/05/2012 10:35 AM Eastern
Murdoch was known as one of Australia's biggest philanthropists, devoting her life to causes including Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and the National Gallery of Victoria. She is survived by 77 descendants, including 50 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
"We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years," said Murdoch through a statement on behalf of his family. "Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service. Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many."
In lieu of floral tributes, donations can be made online to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute at www.mcri.edu.au.