Legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings died at home on Sunday morning, surrounded by family and friends.
Cummings, 87, was long-regarded as Australia's greatest ever horse racing trainer. Known as the "Cups Kings," he steered 12 horses to victory in the Melbourne Cup, as well as countless wins in the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and other prestigious races.
Cummings' son, Anthony, shared the news of his father's death early on Sunday.
Dad died peacefully in his sleep early this morning, surrounded by his family.
He lived a full life.— Anthony J Cummings (@ACummingsracing) August 29, 2015
Cummings was reportedly admitted to hospital in November with a chest infection, and his health was said to have deteriorated since then.
In fitting fashion, Cummings kept marking milestones until the very last. He and his wife Valmae celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Friday, while the his last runner, Sultry Feeling, won at Rosehill Gardens just yesterday.
On social media, the #RIPBart hashtag immediately took off as news broke of his death, as sporting identities, celebrities and the racing industry shared their grief.
The racing legend #BartCummings will always be remembered.A Horse trainer like no other and a remarkable life lived!— Sally Fitzgibbons (@Sally_Fitz) August 29, 2015
A legend of the turf has left us. Rest in peace Bart Cummings. Our heartfelt sympathies to Bart's family and friends.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 29, 2015
There will never be another Bart Cummings. His amazing record... To start with 12 Melbourne Cups and his great use of the one liner.— Andrew Bensley (@AndrewBensley) August 29, 2015
As a little kid I couldnt tell you the name of the Prime Minister but I knew Bart Cummings could train a horse. R.I.P Bart. #BartCummings— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVossy) August 29, 2015
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RIP Bart Cummings. Was lucky to have 2 rides for him in the 80s. Honour to have met him too.— Brendan Powell (@bpowell13) August 29, 2015