Following advice from the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet regarding details of the State Funeral of Les Murray AM, SBS has confirmed the funeral of Les Murray AM will be broadcast live to all Australians on SBS and SBS HD.
Les passed away on Monday 31 July, 2017 following a battle with illness, aged 71.
SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid, said:
“It’s entirely fitting that Les is to be honoured in this way, and we’re extremely proud to broadcast the occasion live on SBS so that all Australians have an opportunity to celebrate his life and reflect on his lasting legacy.
“We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of grief from the football world and beyond since news of his passing, with tributes flooding in for the man who will be remembered as a much loved sporting personality, broadcasting icon, partner, father, grandfather, colleague and mentor - and above all, an inspiring Australian story.
“Les was not only an instrumental figure in the popularity and success of football in Australia and making the world game a part of our culture today, but throughout his life he was also a dedicated advocate for refugees and a champion of multiculturalism, someone who truly embodied what SBS represents.”
The State Funeral will commence at 11.00am on Monday 14 August at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. The funeral is open to the public.
In lieu of floral tributes, Les’ family have asked for donations to be made to The United Nations Commission for Refugees –www.unrefugees.org.au/donate
The State Funeral of Les Murray
Monday 14 August 10.50am AEST Live to all