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John Clarke - A statement from Cancer Council Victoria CEO, Todd Harper

Monday 10 April, 2017

We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of comedian and long-time Cancer Council Victoria supporter John Clarke.

John was a truly extraordinary person who dedicated his life to making people laugh through satire and wit.

John supported the Cancer Council for over 20 years, including as Patron of Cancer Council Victoria's Art and Literature Awards and as a member of our Council.

John starred in the iconic advertisement ‘Cigarette Recall' as a tobacco company executive announcing a recall of all cigarettes in 2002, with the ad airing again in 2011 in response to the tobacco industry's action over plain packaging.

John's support has been invaluable and has significantly contributed to raising the profile of our work in research, prevention and support.

Just last week, we discussed another project to assist people with cancer and as always, John was very keen to contribute.

Our thoughts are with John's family and friends at this time.