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Old 12-07-2010, 02:10 AM   #1
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Sad day for aussie boxing with the death of Gus Mercurio today while undergoing surgery.

RIP Gus.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:15 AM   #2
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Very sad loss.R.I.P Gus.!!!!

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Old 12-07-2010, 02:16 AM   #3
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RIP. I actually thought about him today.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:16 AM   #4
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Sad day for aussie boxing with the death of Gus Mercurio today while undergoing surgery.

RIP Gus.

Hadn't heard til now - a very sad loss for Aussie boxing.

A guy who obviously achieved in so many different fields throughout his life.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:34 AM   #5
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Incredibley sad news. Shared a little laugh with this fantastic boxing man just last Sunday.

What a intricate and colourful addition to the Aussie game he was- for over 40 years!!

Been it, seen it, done it and kept doing it. We'll miss that gravel voice.

RIP Gus Mercurio.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:34 AM   #6
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Very sad. Met him a few times, recalled his days on Cash & Co & Tandara. Was a great personality of the Aussie fight game.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:35 AM   #7
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I can't remember if I wrote on my attending the Hall of fame dinner in october, but elswhere I wrote of some work I done for Gus several years ago.

I didn't expect him to remember me so I timidly introduced myself "Hi Gus. You probably don't remember me but I'm popeye"

That dear old man stood up & held out his hand, & in that rich tone of his he responded "Popeye!! sure I remember you!!"
He went on to explain that his wifes condition was not good & it was the focal point for the last few years & we discussed other work he wanted to do. (VCR to DVD)

It was the high light of my trip & I said it at the time.

What a numbing & tragic loss this is to Oz boxing.

It's a torn page from my life.
Some people you meet a hundred times & miss them for a short time.

Gus, you meet once & never forget him.

Vale Gus Mercurio. Champion Emeritus.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:48 AM   #8
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Well said Rodin.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:54 AM   #9
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Just saw this on the news actually, very sad RIP.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:28 AM   #10
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Rip gus mercurio.
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:19 AM   #11
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A colourful character and a sad loss.

Condolences obviously to his family and friends.

RIP.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:40 AM   #12
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Shocking news very sad indeed...as has already been mentioned he was a fantastic character and he will trully be missed.
One thing about Gus he always had time for people from all walks of life,he also loved to tell stories about his life experiences and he is a great "teller" of a story.
If he started to tell a story everybody would hang onto every word he said.
RIP GUS.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:01 AM   #13
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A man that people were drawn too and who never failed to entertain those around him.

RIP Gus.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:16 AM   #14
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RIP Gus
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Gus Mercurio dies aged 82

from ABC dot net (AAP) - Dec 7th 2010


Actor Gus Mercurio has died in Melbourne after complications from surgery at the age of 82.



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He first hit fame in Australia in the 1970s and was best known for his roles in several television serials including Power Without Glory and films such as The Man From Snowy River.

The American-born actor was also a professional boxer.

He died after complications arose during an operation for a chest aneurism at a Melbourne hospital.

His actor and dancer son, Paul Mercurio, said his father was a great character.

"There's a little bit of sunshine that's just gone out and will never be replaced," he said.

"It's a great shame. I would have loved for him to have written his autobiography because he had a few secrets that he didn't tell.

"But he was a lovely man. He was a larger-than-life bloke. He was passionate. He was driven.

"He had a great, a wonderful confidence ... he was a pain in the arse quite often because of that and yet he lived with such fervour that he was magnetic."

Paul Mercurio says his father loved his profession.

"We would often get together and just lament the fact that we always wanted to work," he said.

"Dad was 82 and he loved the business, he loved getting in front of the camera and he loved people."

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gus Mercurio was also a qualified boxing referee, marine and chiropractor. He was also the president of the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame.

Among his television shows were Cash And Company and Tandarra.

He also appeared in films including The Blue Lagoon, Turkey Shoot, Crocodile Dundee II and others.

Gus Mercurio is survived by his partner and six children.
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