SYDNEY – Mark "Chopper" Read, one of Australia's most notorious crime figures, has died. He was 58.
Read's manager Andrew Parisi says Read died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer.
Read spent 23 years of his life in prison for a variety of crimes including assault and armed robbery. He wrote more than a dozen books detailing his long career of violence, including one entitled "How to Shoot Friends and Influence People." He gained international fame in 2000 after Australian-born actor Eric Bana played him in the film "Chopper."
Read earned the nickname "Chopper" after asking a fellow inmate to slice off his ears while in prison.
He was never convicted of killing anyone, though he claimed in his books to have murdered 19 underworld figures.