Bob Hawke’s wife has made a heartbreaking statement about his passing.
Blance d'Alpuget revealed the tragic news that her husband of 20 years and the nation’s 23rd Prime Minister had died peacefully at his home on Thursday, aged 89.
"Many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," a statement issued by d'Alpuget read.
"Bob was dearly loved by his family, and so many friends and colleagues," she wrote.
"We will miss him."
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Last year, d'Alpuget - who was Hawke's long-time mistress before their marriage - revealed that Hawke had no fear of death.
"A day wouldn't go past where we don't say to each other at least once a day, I love you," she told ABC's Leigh Sales.
"I suppose, yes, I suppose if that's work, it takes work, but I find myself thinking about him all the time."