Michael Chamberlain, ex-husband of Lindy who both fought one of Australia’s longest battles for justice to clear their family’s name after their baby daughter Azaria was snatched by a dingo in 1980, has died aged 72.
Chamberlain is said to have passed away in Gosford Hospital on Monday as a result of complications from acute leukaemia.
A friend of Chamberlain’s, Stuart Tipple, said on Monday that Dr Chamberlain had gone into a coma on Sunday night and never regained consciousness. His son, Reagan, and daughter Zahra were at his bedside.
Dr Chamberlain’s other son Aidan, was on his way to Gosford from Western Australia, while his daughter, Kahlia, was flying in from the Caribbean to be with him.
Michael Chamberlain was born in New Zealand in February 1944 and married Lindy in 1969. Their daughter Azaria was taken from their tent while camping in Uluru in 1980 and the couple were ultimately charged, Lindy with murder and Michael for being an accessory after the fact.
The Chamberlains were convicted, pardoned, exonerated and compensated. The couple however separated with Chamberlain going on to remarry and have a successful career as a writer and an academic.
Lindy Chamberlain also remarried, becoming Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.
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