John ‘Strop’ Cornell has died aged 80.
Cornell is best known for discovering Paul Hogan while working as a producer on TV show A Current Affair in 1971, before later becoming the legendary Australian actor’s manager.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he passed at his home in Byron Bay while surrounded by his family and children, including his wife Delvene Delaney.
Farewell: Paul Hogan’s best mate and longtime manager John ‘Strop’ Cornell has died aged 80
‘A classic Australian character, John Cornell made the lives he touched much richer, not only through donations, but also through his generosity of spirit, humour, humility and honour,’ his family said in a statement.
‘A true egalitarian, John sought equity and equality, and fought for a fair go.’
Cornell was fundamental to the establishment of World Series Cricket, which created the one-day form of the game.
He worked closely with media mogul Kerry Packer to begin the rebel competition, which sent shockwaves through the cricket establishment.
The pair launched daring raids to sign the best players in the world and Cornell played a huge role in the marketing of the breakaway comp as it rose from early struggles to become a landmark in Australia’s sporting history.