Vale: Steve Dunleavy

Australian journalist Steve Dunleavy, who made a name for himself in the US as host & reporter for A Current Affair, has died, aged 81.

“It just was very sudden,” his son Sean Dunleavy said. “But he was home, it was peaceful. But we don’t know what the cause of death was.”

Born in Sydney in 1938, Dunleavy’s media career spanned more than 40 years, with his trademark tabloid style, until his retirement in 2008.

He started at The Sun in Sydney as a copy boy in 1953 and then headed over to The Daily Mirror.

He headed overseas in 1966 where filing for newspapers in the UK until he took a job at the New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch.

At one stage he was set to be the topic of a Hollywood movie with rumours Paul Hogan or Mel Gibson might play a role.

Source: Nine

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