Former NSW premier John Fahey dies aged 75

Former NSW premier John Fahey - who bravely took on a gunman trying to attack Prince Charles and who played a key role in Sydney's bid for the 2000 Olympics - dies aged 75 Fahey was premier from 1992 - 1995 and his death was confirmed on Saturday  He helped wrestle take down a gunman who fired two blanks at Prince Charles Prince Charles had been visiting Australia in 1994 when shots were fired  Gladys Berejiklian said he was a 'wonderful role model to generations of liberals' 

By Daily Mail Australia Reporter

Published: 00:36 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 12 September 2020

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Former NSW premier John Fahey has died aged 75

Former NSW premier John Fahey has died aged 75

Former NSW premier John Fahey has died aged 75. 

Gladys Berejiklian confirmed Mr Fahey's death on Saturday morning and said he was 'a wonderful role model to generations of Liberals'. 

'His contribution to the state and nation will leave a lasting legacy,' she added. 

Mr Fahey was premier from 1992 to 1995 and played a crucial role in Sydney's winning bid for the 2000 Olympics. 

He also helped take down a gunman who fired two blanks at Prince Charles during a royal tour of Australia in 1994.

David Kang was wrestled to ground by Mr Fahey and Australian of the Year Ian Kiernan while the British heir to the throne was shielded by a bodyguard.

Mr Fahey initially thought the shots were just part of the event.

He said his wife alerted him to the fact that a man was running towards them with a gun, but he fired before they could stop him.

The politician was later praised for his bravery.  

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