Liberal senator and former major-general, Jim Molan, has died following a battle with cancer.
The 72-year-old was elected as a federal senator for NSW in 2019, following two years serving within the state.
A statement from his family said: “it is with profound sadness we announce Jim died peacefully on January 16 in the arms of his family,” they said.
They said he had suffered a “sudden and rapid” decline after Christmas before dying peacefully on Monday, surrounded by his family.
“He was many things – a soldier, a pilot, an author, a volunteer firefighter, and a senator,” they said.
“Most of all, he was an adored husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
“Our loss is immeasureable, but we are comforted in our memories of a full life courageously lived, devoted to family and in service of the country he loved.”
The Liberal Party will choose someone to fill his place in the Senate for the remainder of his term, which would have expired in 2028.
Senator Molan had served in Iraq before his retirement from the army.
In April 2021, he revealed he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer and would be going on sick leave.