After a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease, producer and actor John ‘Strop’ Cornell, a “classic Australian character,” died on July 23, 2021.
Cornell died at his home in Byron Bay, NSW, accompanied by his family, including his wife, television personality Delvene Delaney, and children.
His family paid tribute to him in a statement. “John Cornell, a classic Australian character, enriched the lives of those he touched not only via his financial contributions, but also through his generosity of spirit, humor, humility, and honor. John was a true egalitarian who advocated for fairness and equity “In a statement, his family noted.
According to his former company Nine, “a classic Australian character, John Cornell made the lives he touched considerably richer, not only via donations, but also by his generosity of spirit, humor, humility, and honor.”
Cornell, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease while he was in his 60s, began receiving deep-brain stimulation therapy in 2009.
In 2010, he stated that he could walk up to two kilometers and that he felt as if “a magic wand had been waved over me.”
He was survived by Delvene Delaney, and his daughters, Melissa, Allira, and Liana Cornell.