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Australian Actor David Gulpilil’s Obituary Clarify Cause of Death


A Titanic force in Australian cinema, actor David Gulpilil’s obituary has been revealed and clarified the cause of death soon after the legend passed away on Monday (November 29, 2021) at the age of 67. May he rest in peace.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the South Australian premier, Steven Marshall, announcing in a statement on Monday night, “It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation on-screen – David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu.”

Gulpilil was from the Mandhalpingu group of the Yolŋu people and was grown in Arnhem land. In his later years, he was a resident of Murray Bridge southeast of Adelaide.

A Titanic force in Australian cinema, actor David Gulpilil's obituary has been revealed and clarified the cause of death
Summary: Australian film icon and pioneer David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu, has died. The passing of the Yolŋu actor, dancer, singer and painter, who starred in dozens of films, including Walkabout, Storm Boy and Ten Canoes, was confirmed on Monday night.

“An actor, dancer, singer, and painter, he was also one of the greatest artists Australia has ever seen,” the premier said.

Gulpilil made his name in the 1971 movie Walkabout and 1976’s Storm Boy. He was described in a recent Guardian review as a “titanic force in Australian cinema.”

Marshall told Gulpilil’s life was not without problems. “He encountered racism and discrimination and lived with the pressures of the divide between his traditional lifestyle and his public profile,” the premier said.

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David Gulpilil’s Obituary Reported the Cause of Death as Lung Cancer

According to David Gulpilil’s obituary, the star lost his life four years after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The award-winning actor was in a constant battle with his heath and finally rested in peace.

Gulpilil’s latest film was a documentary about his own life, My Name Is Gulpilil directed by Molly Reynolds, which was published earlier this year.

The actor was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, and the SA premier announced he wasn’t expected to survive the film’s shooting. “Yet it was no surprise to anyone that he was front and center on opening night, where he would receive his final standing ovation.”

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A fan announced, “Vale David Gulpilil. Such a haunting actor. His performance in Walkabout affects me to this day (his family have given permission for his name and image to be used)”

Our thoughts and prayers are with David Gulpilil’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.

The Guardian’s five-star review of My Name is Gulpilil saw people in the entertainment industry speak about performers having the “it” factor. However, “nobody in the world has ever had ‘it’ quite like the great Yolŋu actor David Gulpilil.”

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“Reynolds understands that Gulpilil isn’t just a great actor, but a portal to a different way of thinking, a different way of being, even a different state of consciousness,” Luke Buckmaster wrote in March. “If you think that sounds like hyperbole, you have not seen a David Gulpilil movie.”

Gulpilil’s acting career lasted 50 years. Some of his films are The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee, The Tracker, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Ten Canoes, and Charlie’s Country.

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Reactions to Death of David Gulpilil

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Quickly after the tragic news was released, many of beloved David’s friends, fans, and teammates expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes. 

Someone wrote, “The legend of stage and screen, David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu, the Indigenous Australian actor & dancer has died. A truly wonderful man. My condolences to his family and audience.”

Another said, “The great Australian actor David Gulpilil has passed away. If you want to know him or pay tribute to him, then watch this final film of his. This is a film he produced after he was diagnosed with cancer as his swan song.”

A Titanic force in Australian cinema, actor David Gulpilil's obituary has been revealed and clarified the cause of death
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A fan penned, “A deadly legend in the most Australian way. He is our finest actor and leaves a career of challenging performances and a dedication to the craft that will inspire forever. May he rest in everlasting peace.”

Also, a user tweeted, “I’m ashamed to admit that my favorite #DavidGulpilil moment in any movie is probably that bit in CROCODILE DUNDEE (1986) in which his character, a seasoned indigenous tracker with an almost preternatural prowess, walks out of frame, trips on something in the dark, and swears.”

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