Former INXS manager Chris Murphy passes away – future for his planned Ballina retirement village unknown

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Legendary businessman Chris Murphy, widely credited as the man who helped drive INXS to global success, passed away aged 66 last Saturday after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

The Guardian reports Murphy was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma just before Christmas.

In a statement, representatives of his record label confirmed the 66-year-old passed at his Ballina property, surrounded by family.

“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,” it read.

Murphy’s most recent project had been a retirement village for musicians and music industry professionals on 36ha near Ballina airport, around 35lm south of Byron Bay.

No word on whether the project will still go ahead without Murphy’s guiding hand.