Public farewell scheduled for Bond

THE funeral of controversial businessman Alan Bond will be held this Friday in Fremantle - the city that made him a household name following his 1983 America's Cup triumph.

Mr Bond, 77, died in a Perth hospital last week following heart surgery complications.

Mr Bond never regained consciousness after his surgery.

Mr Bond's business interests at his peak included everything from breweries, newspapers, television stations, mines, artworks and office towers.

But it all came crashing down after he was declared bankrupt in 1992 before being jailed in 1996 for fraud involving Edouard Manet's masterpiece Le Promenade.

His family has confirmed that a public funeral would be held for him at St Patrick's Basilica before a private burial and wake.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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