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Actor Blake Dies

30 May 2011 6:32 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actor Jon Blake has died after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was 52.

The star lost his fight for life on Sunday.

Blake shot to fame in the 1980s with roles on several hit shows, including soap opera The Restless Years and TV miniseries Anzacs.

The actor hit headlines in 1986 when he was involved in a car smash in the South Australian desert on the last day of filming movie The Lighthorsemen.

He was left permanently brain-damaged and never worked again, relying on his mother Mascot to look after him, before her death in 2007. His son Dustin then took over as his father's carer.

Blake's funeral will be held later this week (ends05Jun11). »

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Actor Jon Blake dies from pneumonia, aged 52

30 May 2011 6:20 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jon Blake has passed away at the age of 52. The Australian actor, who was best known for his roles in The Slim Dusty Movie, Anzacs, The Restless Years and A Country Practice, died of complications from pneumonia. Blake was dubbed "the next Mel Gibson" after starring in The Lighthorsemen but his career ended after he had a serious car accident on the last day of filming in 1986. He was left with permanent brain damage. The star went through various court cases and was eventually awarded $$7.7 million (£5 million) in (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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