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Mystery illness that claimed the life of legendary radio presenter ‘Uncle Doug’ Mulray at age 71 is revealed

Legendary radio presenter Doug Mulray died of cirrhosis, a new report has claimed.   

Known to listeners as ‘Uncle Doug’, the star died at the age of 71 on Thursday, after struggling with a chronic illness for several months.

The Daily Telegraph alleged on Saturday that sources close to the star revealed he died of the liver disease. 

Cirrhosis is a type of liver damage where healthy cells are replaced by scar tissue, and is commonly caused by obesity, hepatitis B and C, alcoholism or diabetes.

Mulray died in intensive care in a Sydney hospital on Thursday night.

Legendary radio presenter Doug Mulray died of cirrhosis, a new report has claimed. Mulray's (centre) last public appearance was at a Triple M staff reunion held at a Sydney hotel seven weeks before he was hospitalised last year

Legendary radio presenter Doug Mulray died of cirrhosis, a new report has claimed. Mulray’s (centre) last public appearance was at a Triple M staff reunion held at a Sydney hotel seven weeks before he was hospitalised last year

His last public appearance was at a Triple M staff reunion held at The Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay seven weeks before he was hospitalised in December last year

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One of the pioneering voices of Australian radio in the 1980s and ’90s, Mulray was best known for his time at Triple M, which he helped launch and where he spent the majority of his career.

He was a ratings winner in the highly competitive breakfast slot, with one radio industry figure calling him ‘the Kyle Sandilands of his day – possibly even better’.

The radio star was said to be reclusive and battling poor health in his later years. 

One of the pioneering voices of Australian radio in the 1980s and '90s, Mulray was best known for his time at Triple M, which he helped launch and where he spent the majority of his career. Pictured in the 1990s

One of the pioneering voices of Australian radio in the 1980s and ’90s, Mulray was best known for his time at Triple M, which he helped launch and where he spent the majority of his career. Pictured in the 1990s

Mulray was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2019

Mulray was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2019

Mulray, who grew up in Dee Why, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, started his career at 2AD in Armidale then moved to 2GO Gosford on the Central Coast.

He rose to notoriety on Mulray and The Man in the mid-1970s on 3AW Melbourne before joining the ABC station 2JJ before it was rebranded as Triple J.

He then left to join the new commercial station Triple M in 1982, beginning the most successful and high-profile chapter of his working life.

His post-Triple M career saw him co-host the 2SM drive slot with Peter FitzSimons. He was also employed by the Sydney station 2WS (now WSFM) until he left in 1999.

Mulray was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2019. 

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