Famous actor Indigenous Uncle Jack Charles,dies aged 79.

Actor, musician and revered Victorian Aboriginal elder Uncle Jack Charles is being mourned as a cheeky, tenacious "father of black theatre", after his death aged 79.

Uncle Jack Charles, who passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family and loved ones. 

Before he passed away, his family were able to send him off on Country during a smoking ceremony at the Royal Melbourne hospital. 

Uncle Jack died at the RMH after suffering from a stroke.

We are so proud of everything he has achieved in his remarkable life. 

Elder, actor, musician, potter, activist, mentor, a household name and voice loved by all - as is demonstrated by his numerous awards including  this year’s NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year. 

Condolences to family and friends. His loss is our loss, a great Man and inspiration RIP

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