Tragic details emerge about the sad last moments of Russell Crowe’s beloved father

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The Qantas crew desperately fought to save the life of Russell Crowe’s father before his death aboard a flight to Coffs Harbor on Tuesday, fellow passengers said.

John Alexander Crowe died on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney at the age of 85, despite the airline’s crew desperately trying to keep him alive.

Another passenger on the Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor said on Tuesday that staff and a doctor repeatedly attempted to resuscitate Crowe mid-flight.

“They actually gave him CPR for who knows how long … probably 18 to 20 minutes,” the passenger told Andrew Fraser. 7 News

“They worked tirelessly and kept going after the flight landed.”

The Gladiator star announced the death of his father on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon: ‘I arrived back in the bush last night.

Russell Crowe's father, John Alexander (pictured with his wife), has died at the age of 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor on the north coast of New South Wales, passengers said.

Russell Crowe’s father, John Alexander (pictured with his wife), has died at the age of 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor on the north coast of New South Wales, passengers said.

An ambulance is depicted on the runway after the flight has landed.  A passenger on the Qantaslink plane said on Tuesday that staff and a doctor repeatedly attempted to resuscitate the 85-year-old in mid-flight.

An ambulance is depicted on the runway after the flight has landed.  A passenger on the Qantaslink plane said on Tuesday that staff and a doctor repeatedly attempted to resuscitate the 85-year-old in mid-flight.

An ambulance is depicted on the runway after the flight has landed. A passenger on the Qantaslink plane said on Tuesday that staff and a doctor repeatedly attempted to resuscitate the 85-year-old in mid-flight.

Today, although the sun is shining and the torrential rains have abated, this date will forever be peppered with sadness.

‘My dear old man, my beautiful father, the gentlest man, has passed away.

“ I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world whose hearts he touched and whose ribs he tickled with his sparkling eyes and his cheeky attitude towards everyone and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as passing the news. ‘

Qantas declined to comment on the matter when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

Crowe Senior was born in New Zealand in 1936 and died on arrival in Coffs Harbor – where he lived for the past 25 years.

The father and son were isolated together on his Australian property in the midst of the pandemic last April.

The actor proudly displayed a photo of his father wearing a cap that he wore on the set of his 2002 film, A Beautiful Mind, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.

Crowe, 56, is currently filming in Australia for his cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder

Crowe, 56, is currently filming in Australia for his cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder

Crowe, 56, is currently filming in Australia for his cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder

The Gladiator star announced the death of his father on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The Gladiator star announced the death of his father on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The Gladiator star announced the death of his father on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The father and son were isolated together on his Australian property in the midst of the pandemic last April.  The actor proudly showed off a photo of his father wearing a cap that he wore on the set of his 2002 film A Beautiful Mind

The father and son were isolated together on his Australian property in the midst of the pandemic last April.  The actor proudly showed off a photo of his father wearing a cap that he wore on the set of his 2002 film A Beautiful Mind

The father and son were isolated together on his Australian property in the midst of the pandemic last April. The actor proudly showed off a photo of his father wearing a cap that he wore on the set of his 2002 film A Beautiful Mind

Isolate with the old man. 84 now, ‘Crowe wrote on Twitter at the time.

‘With a hat I got at Princeton while shooting A Beautiful Mind’.

The star’s father was part of Russell’s inspiration to enter the film industry – the family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four, while his mom and dad Jocelyn pursued careers as movie set caterers.

Crowe Senior was not only part of a catering business with his wife, but also worked as a hotel manager.

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection about his father - who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection about his father - who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection about his father – who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe

Crowe, 56, has always spoken with great affection about his father – who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe and the uncle of the country’s former cricket captains, Martin and Jeff Crowe.

My father gave his leadership very lightly. He hardly ever raised his voice, and he never swore in front of me until I was 16. He made up words like “ bother-and-dash, ” the Hollywood superstar told the Daily Mail in a tell-all interview in 2016.

‘But I never really heard him swear until he taught me how to drive, when it was suddenly,’ Russell, get your foot off the damn clutch! ‘

Crowe said his father never pressured him and always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child – be it money for a school trip or cricket shoes.

“He was a resourceful man and I remember buying a three dollar stick at a garage sale to turn it into a cricket bat,” he said.

‘It was just this ugly old stick, but he got some linseed oil and he smeared it on, and he went to buy a brightly colored rubber grip for it, and by the time he gave it to me, it was beautiful. I’ve used that cricket bat all my younger years.

On Friday, Crowe saw Rabbitohs win at the Sydney Roosters in Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth

On Friday, Crowe saw Rabbitohs win at the Sydney Roosters in Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth

On Friday, Crowe saw Rabbitohs win at the Sydney Roosters in Stadium Australia with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth

Crowe said his father always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child - be it money for a school trip or cricket shoes.

Crowe said his father always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child - be it money for a school trip or cricket shoes.

Crowe said his father always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child – be it money for a school trip or cricket shoes.

‘We had very little. My father never let me know directly, but if I stayed up late and listened at the kitchen door, I overheard conversations my parents would have about how they would get money here. It was pretty scary for a little kid. ‘

Crowe is currently filming in Australia for his cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder.

On Friday he could see the Rabbitohs victory over the Sydney Roosters in Stadium Australia along with fellow castmates Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth.