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Chopper Read, crime figure and author, admitted to hospital with liver cancer

The crime figure and author Mark “Chopper” Read has been admitted to hospital as his battle with liver cancer continues.

Read, who is 58, was admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Monday with an ongoing and serious illness, his manager, Andrew Parisi, said in a statement.

“Neither Mark [nor] his family will be providing any information regarding his prognosis and would appreciate privacy in these most difficult times,” he said in the statement.

Read spent more than 23 years in jail until 1998 for crimes including armed robbery, assault and kidnapping.

He was portrayed by Eric Bana in the 2000 film Chopper, and his autobiographical books have made him Australia’s best-selling true crime author.

In April 2012 he revealed he had cancer and said at the time doctors had told him he may have weeks or up to six years to live.

At the time he tweeted: “Looks like the big C has finally bitten.”


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