“It is with great sadness that Caroline Murphy and family confirm that Christopher (CM) Mark Murphy, Chairman of Murphy Petrol Group, has today passed away peacefully at his beloved Ballina property ‘Sugar Beach Ranch’ surrounded by his family,” the statement begins.
“CM celebrated an illustrious career over 40 years and made an incredible impact on the global music and entertainment industry.
“Best known for taking his ‘band of brothers’ INXS to worldwide stardom, CM Murphy influenced the lives of many around the globe with his endless passion and drive. He will be greatly missed.”
No cause for Murphy’s passing was given, however it’s reported he suffered from Mantle Cell lymphoma.
The surviving members of INXS shared a statement too.
“It is with great sadness that the remaining members of INXS mourn the passing of our brother, Chris Murphy,” the band wrote on Facebook.
“Without Chris’s vision, passion and hard work, the INXS story would be totally different. Chris’s star burned very bright and we celebrate a life well lived and send all our love to his family.”