Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Dies, 103

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, died Wednesday at the family's home in Melbourne, Australia. She was 103.

Murdoch was known as one of Australia's biggest philanthropists, devoting her life to causes including Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and the National Gallery of Victoria. She is survived by 77 descendants, including 50 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

"We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years," said Murdoch through a statement on behalf of his family. "Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service.  Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many."

In lieu of floral tributes, donations can be made online to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute at www.mcri.edu.au.