Tue August 7, 2012 9:47am
Australian art critic Robert Hughes has passed away in New York after a battle with illness. He was 74.
Australian art critic Robert Hughes has died in New York after a battle with illness. He was 74.
A statement from his wife, Doris Downes Hughes, released today from New York City said she was with her husband when he passed away peacefully at the Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York, about 3.40pm in New York on Monday (5.40am Tuesday AEDT).
"He will be greatly missed by his wife ... and his family in Australia, including his brothers the Honourable Tom Hughes AO QC, Geoffrey Hughes, his sister Constance Crisp and his niece Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO and her husband the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP," the statement said.
"He also leaves two stepsons Freeborn Garrettson Jewett IV and Fielder Douglas Jewett. His son Danton Hughes tragically predeceased him. Details of the funeral and memorial service will be advised in due course."
Mr Turnbull, who was related to Hughes by marriage, tweeted: "Farewell my dear old mate. Rest in peace." He also told ABC Radio that Hughes was known as "WU" to his children, or "wicked uncle" ... "not that he was very wicked".
Ms Turnbull said her uncle had been very unwell "with a multiplicity of health problems".
She told ABC Radio he was a "fabulous and fantastic uncle" who was dazzling in his presence and enthusiasm.
He was also an enthusiastic cook and a keen hunter and fisherman who often went shooting with her husband, she said.
"He was as dazzling a performer in the kitchen as he was at the typewriter," Ms Turnbull said.