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The former manager of INXS and other high profile music acts, Chris Murphy, has lost his battle with cancer at his property near Ballina. He was 66.

L to R: Ballina Cr Jeff Johnson, Chris Murphy and lawyer Nathan Luke. Photo supplied.

A statement from his company said, ‘It is with great sadness that Caroline Murphy and family confirm that on Saturday 16 January, 2021, Christopher (CM) Murphy, Chairman of Murphy Petrol Group peacefully passed away at his Ballina property “Sugar Beach Ranch” surrounded by his family.

‘CM celebrated an illustrious career over 40 years and made an incredible impact on the global music and entertainment industry.

‘Best known for taking his ‘band of brothers’ INXS to worldwide stardom, CM Murphy influenced the lives of many around the globe with his endless passion and drive. He will be greatly missed.

‘Chris was passionate about agriculture, horse breeding, racing pigeons, surfing and rugby. His competitive spirit seen on the polo field and the ice hockey rink was alive right to the end as he fought Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

‘The family request that, in lieu of flowers, trees be gifted to create an everlasting and ever-growing memorial at Chris’ beloved Ballina property. If you wish to donate a tree to plant in your honour for Chris, please contact [email protected]

Chris Murphy has been in the news in recent years for his plan to build an INXS museum in Ballina. In 2018, he took on another Aussie sibling act, country group The Buckleys.

A social media statement from INXS said, ‘It is with great sadness that the remaining members of INXS mourn the passing of our brother, Chris Murphy. Without Chris’s vision, passion and hard work, the INXS story would be totally different.

‘Chris’s star burned very bright and we celebrate a life well lived and send all our love to his family. Garry, Andrew, Tim, Jon and Kirk.’


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