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Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser dies after short illness, aged 84

  • FILE - In this June 22, 1977 file photo, then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, center,  speaks beside U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the White House in Washington.  Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday, March 20, 2015,  his office said. He was 84.(AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

    FILE - In this June 22, 1977 file photo, then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, center, speaks beside U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the White House in Washington. Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday, March 20, 2015, his office said. He was 84.(AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Jan. 31, 1980 file photo shows then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser while Fraser meets President Jimmy Carter at the White House in Washington. Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday, March 20, 2015,  his office said. He was 84. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This Jan. 31, 1980 file photo shows then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser while Fraser meets President Jimmy Carter at the White House in Washington. Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday, March 20, 2015, his office said. He was 84. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, left, arrives at Town Hall with his wife Tamie for a memorial service for former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in Sydney. Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday, March 20, 2015 his office said. He was 84. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, left, arrives at Town Hall with his wife Tamie for a memorial service for former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in Sydney. Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday, March 20, 2015 his office said. He was 84. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, File)  (The Associated Press)

Malcolm Fraser, a former Australian prime minister has died. He was 84 years old.

Fraser's office said in a statement Fraser died in the early hours of Friday after a short illness.

Fraser's conservative Liberal Party came to power in a constitutional crisis in 1975 and he remained the nation's leader until a center-left Labor Party government was elected in 1983.