Actor David Gulbel, who starred in Crocodile Dundee, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.
Dundee Crocodile star David Gulbell has died at the age of 68.
The actor was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, and his death was announced in a statement from South Australian Prime Minister Stephen Marshall.
“It is with great sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an unparalleled iconic artist of the generation who has shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation on screen – David Gulbel, Regimeral Dalitingo,” he said.
“I was fortunate enough to meet him on a number of occasions – most recently in March of this year at the premiere of his latest movie My Name is Gulpilil, Where he tells his own story, directed by Molly Reynolds.
“He was a man who loved his land and his culture, and he was a man who took it into the world.
“An actor, dancer, singer, and painter, he was also one of the greatest artists Australia has ever seen.
“My thoughts are with his family, dear friend and caregiver Mary Hood.”
The actor has also starred in the films Storm Boy, Australia, The Last Wave, The Tracker, Rabbit Proof Fence, Charlie’s Country and The Proposition.
Fans have taken to social media to pay tribute.
One wrote: “My dear old David Gulbell threw his spear into the sky and became a shining star over Australia.”
Another said, “He was simply a pioneer, RIP David Gulpilil.”
A third tweeted: “Very very sad. A great actor and a great human being. I was lucky enough to meet him for a while and he was very humble and kind.”
In May, he explained how he had stage 4 lung cancer and emphysema—and told us, “We have to prepare for my funeral.”
The star said, “I’ve stopped chemo, it’s not working. I’ve smoked all my life… cigarettes, ganga, a lot of tobacco I smoked.”
I weep inside for my father, and I will return to my country, and I will lie on his land.
“My soul will return to my country.”