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The father of Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman, Dr. Antony Kidman, a clinical psychologist, has reportedly died after suffering a fall in his Singapore hotel room.
According to Australia's news broadcaster ABC, Dr. Kidman was in Singapore visiting Nicole's sister, Antonia, when the fall occurred.
'It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr. Tony Kidman's sudden passing. During his 43 years at the University of Technology, Sydney, Tony has contributed greatly -- as a colleague, as a researcher, and as a health practitioner,' vice-chancellor professor Attila Brungs told Reuters. 'Tony will be missed by all at UTS. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.'
The actress's publicist and long-time friend, Wendy Day, told Daily Mail Australia that 'the family is in shock and is grieving they would appreciate that you respect their privacy at this stage," and also confirmed that Dr. Kidman suffered a fall in his hotel room, though didn't release any further details on the fall.
News first circulated of the tragic death when police said they were informed that a man in his 80s had died in hospital of an 'unnatural death.' According to Reuters, in Singapore, an 'unnatural death' usually refers to one caused by a fall or accident.
Nicole Kidman, who is married to singer Keith Urban, has not released an official statement yet.
'I think that some time and privacy is needed to deal with this shock and tragedy,' Day told Daily Mail Australia.
In addition to being an award-winning clinical psychologist, Dr. Antony Kidman was also a biochemist and author who had worked with the University of Technology's Health Psychology Unit in Sydney, Australia.
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