Russell Crowe’s dad dies on Qantas flight as passengers and crew ‘tried to save his life’

Qantas crew desperately battled to save the life of Russell Crowe’s father before his death onboard a flight to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday, fellow passengers said. 

John Alexander Crowe died on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney at the age of 85 despite airline crew reportedly trying to keep him alive.

Another passenger on the Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday said staff and a doctor tried repeatedly to resuscitate Mr Crowe mid-flight.

‘They basically gave him CPR for who knows how long… probably 18 to 20 minutes,’ the passenger Andrew Fraser told 7News.

‘They worked tirelessly and continued after the flight had landed.’ 

The Gladiator star announced his father’s passing on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon: ‘I arrived back in the bush last night.

Russell Crowe's dad John Alexander (pictured with his wife) has died aged 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast, passengers said

Russell Crowe's dad John Alexander (pictured with his wife) has died aged 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast, passengers said

Russell Crowe’s dad John Alexander (pictured with his wife) has died aged 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast, passengers said

An ambulance is pictured on the runway after the flight landed. A passenger on the Qantaslink plane on Tuesday said staff and a doctor tried repeatedly to resuscitate the 85-year-old mid-flight

An ambulance is pictured on the runway after the flight landed. A passenger on the Qantaslink plane on Tuesday said staff and a doctor tried repeatedly to resuscitate the 85-year-old mid-flight

An ambulance is pictured on the runway after the flight landed. A passenger on the Qantaslink plane on Tuesday said staff and a doctor tried repeatedly to resuscitate the 85-year-old mid-flight

‘Today, although the sun is shining and the torrential rain has abated, this date will forever be tinged with sadness.

‘My dear old man, my beautiful dad, the most gentle of men, has passed away.

‘I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world whose heart he touched and whose ribs he tickled with his sparkly eyes and his cheeky attitude to everyone, and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as any to pass on the news.’

Qantas declined to comment on the matter when approached by Daily Mail Australia. 

Crowe Senior was born in 1936 in New Zealand and died on arrival in Coffs Harbour – his home for the last 25 years.

The father and son isolated together on his Australian property last April amid the pandemic.

The actor proudly showed off a photo of his dad wearing a cap he got on the set of his 2002 film, A Beautiful Mind, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. 

Crowe, 56, is currently in Australia filming for his cameo appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder

Crowe, 56, is currently in Australia filming for his cameo appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder

Crowe, 56, is currently in Australia filming for his cameo appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder

The Gladiator star announced his father's passing on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The Gladiator star announced his father's passing on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The Gladiator star announced his father’s passing on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The father and son isolated together on his Australian property last April amid the pandemic. The actor proudly showed off a photo of his dad wearing a cap he got on the set of his 2002 film A Beautiful Mind

The father and son isolated together on his Australian property last April amid the pandemic. The actor proudly showed off a photo of his dad wearing a cap he got on the set of his 2002 film A Beautiful Mind

The father and son isolated together on his Australian property last April amid the pandemic. The actor proudly showed off a photo of his dad wearing a cap he got on the set of his 2002 film A Beautiful Mind

‘Isolating with the old man. 84 now,’ Mr Crowe wrote on Twitter at the time.

‘Wearing a hat I got at Princeton while shooting A Beautiful Mind’.

The star’s father was part of Russell’s inspiration for entering the film industry – the family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four-years-old, with his father and mother Jocelyn pursing careers as movie set caterers. 

In addition to being part of a catering business with his wife, Crowe Senior also worked as a hotel manager. 

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection of his father - who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection of his father - who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection of his father – who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe 

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection of his father – who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe and uncle of the country’s former cricket captains Martin and Jeff Crowe.

‘My father carried his leadership very lightly. He hardly ever raised his voice, and he never swore in front of me until I was 16. He’d make up words like ‘bother-and-dash’, the Hollywood superstar told Daily Mail in a 2016 tell-all interview.

‘But I never heard him really swear until he was teaching me to drive, when it was suddenly, ‘Russell, take your foot off the f***ing clutch!’ 

Crowe said his father never put any pressure on him, and always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child – whether it be money for a school trip or cricket boots.  

‘He was a resourceful man and I remember he once bought a stick for three dollars at a garage sale to make into a cricket bat for me,’ he said.

‘It was just this ugly old stick, but he got some linseed oil and he oiled it, and he went and bought a brightly coloured rubber grip for it, and by the time he gave it to me, it was magnificent. I used that cricket bat in all my junior years.

On Friday Crowe was seen watching the Rabbitohs victory over the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth

On Friday Crowe was seen watching the Rabbitohs victory over the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth

On Friday Crowe was seen watching the Rabbitohs victory over the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth 

Crowe said his father always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child - whether it be money for a school trip or cricket boots

Crowe said his father always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child - whether it be money for a school trip or cricket boots

Crowe said his father always found a way to pay for anything he needed as a child – whether it be money for a school trip or cricket boots

‘We had very little. My father never let me know it directly, but when I stayed up late listening at the kitchen door, I’d hear conversations my parents would have about how were they going to get money for this or for that. It was kind of scary for a little kid.’ 

Crowe is currently in Australia filming for his cameo appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder.

On Friday, he was seen watching the Rabbitohs victory over the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth.

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