Victoria’s longest-serving Labor premier, John Cain has died at age 88. He passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 after suffering from severe stroke on December 10.
Mr Cain was treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital after suffering from stroke about two weeks. Cain’s family confirmed his passing through a statement, released on on Monday.
It is with great sadness that we advise that John Cain passed away overnight. We are grateful John enjoyed good health and remained very active prior to his stroke. He is much-loved and admired by his family and will be greatly missed.
John Cain was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1931, he became the state’s 41st premier in 1982 through the ranks of Victorian Labor Party. His election ended 27 years of conservative rule and he was hugely popular throughout most of his first two terms.
Twitter Reacts On John Cain’s Death:
John Cain is a Labor hero and Labor Premiers have built on his reforming legacy. But millions of Victorians still benefit from the changes John introduced often against tough opposition. He changed our state for the better. pic.twitter.com/Qc1zMbjw2T
— John Thwaites (@jwthwaites) December 23, 2019
Rest In Peace John Cain, a kind man who helped modernise Victorian Labor and led it to victory in 1982 after 27 years in the wilderness. Thoughts are with his wife Nancye, his children including son John. pic.twitter.com/UxTxfJ8ZMp
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) December 23, 2019
Vale John Cain. Today we pay tribute to former Premier of Victoria and founding father of Melbourne Park. John Cain was the Victorian Spirit of Tennis Award recipient in 2017 for his impact on tennis in Victoria. pic.twitter.com/ZJoh6ORyG1
— Tennis Victoria (@tennis_vic) December 23, 2019