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Michael Chamberlain dies

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017

Michael Chamberlain, the father of Azaria Chamberlain, has died aged 72.

Mr Chamberlain died in Gosford hospital in NSW on Monday after complications from leukaemia.

He was given an 18-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of nine-week-old Azaria who had been taken by a dingo at Uluru in August, 1980.

His then wife Lindy was sentenced to life but the pair was pardoned in 1987 following the emergence of new evidence.

It took until the fourth coronial inquest in 2012 for a coroner to rule a dingo took Azaria from the family's campsite in 1980 and was responsible for her death.

The couple had divorced in 1991 and Mr Chamberlain moved to the NSW central coast where the Seventh Day Adventist pastor became a teacher.

He had three other children with Lindy - Aidan, Reagan and Kahlia and a daughter Zahra with his second wife Ingrid.

In 2014, Mr Chamberlain still referred to the trial as a "gross injustice" which shaped his life.

"The case represents a gross injustice but also freedom of forensic science, which eventually saw Lindy and I exonerated in 1988," he said.

Lindy also remarried, becoming Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.

Last year, Mr Chamberlain spoke about the challenges of being a carer for his second wife after she suffered a debilitating stroke, saying he didn't wish his life on anyone.

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