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Kyle Sandilands' father has died.

Kyle Sandilands revealed on radio this morning that his father, Peter, passed away on Sunday March 20 following a battle with liver and bowel cancer.

His death came as a shock to Sandilands, 44, who had just landed in Sydney after a long-haul flight from Paris ten minutes earlier. He received the news via a phone call.

Kyle told his co-host Jackie O on KIIS FM that he had texted his dad as soon as he landed to let him know he was back.

“When I arrived home yesterday I sent a text to a few friends, including dad saying “I’m back b******” and then he died 10 minutes later,” he said.

While Peter’s death was a shock to Kyle, he had been told by doctors to expect the worst.

Kyle told Jackie O, “He wasn’t doing so well, he was back in hospital and the doctors said he would probably pass away during the week I wasn’t going to be in the country.”

“He hung on,” Kyle told listeners. “I know no one knows him but you would have heard him on the show.” Peter, a former bus driver, had made several appearances on Kyle’s radio show over the years. Kyle would frequently call his dad on air and trick him into believing made-up stories.

Sad news with the passing of Kyle’s dad Peter. Thoughts to Kyle and the Sandilands family. RIP x A video posted by Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) on

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It’s no secret that Kyle’s relationship with his parents hasn’t always been easy. In a memorable interview in 2007, Sandilands told Andrew Denton on Enough Rope that as a teenager he was homeless for about a year, after his parents kicked him out of home. Following an out-of-control party, Kyle’s mother and stepfather forced him to leave, and when seeking help from his father, Peter, he was also turned away.

“They said they looked [for me]…but they couldn’t have looked too far cause I really was still around the same suburbs that we grew up in,” he said at the time.

“I felt that I couldn’t [go home]. They said get out you’re not welcome back here.”

Kyle has been open about having a “great relationship with them now,” although he told Andrew Denton that there were a lot of issues that have never been discussed. “No one’s ever cried,” he said. “No one’s ever said sorry.”

But this morning, Kyle held back tears as he told listeners, “We had a great relationship at the end there.”

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Nonetheless, he admitted it wasn’t perfect. “It’s the regret of like 10 years in the middle somewhere, where it was a bit forced. He was trying to get us back and I was pretending it was alright but it was just messy,” he said.

In a particularly emotional moment, Kyle shared that he had visited his dad in Brisbane just a few weeks ago. Despite having not kissed his dad goodnight since he was 11, on this particular occasion, he did.

‘Unfortunately I didn’t get to see him after that but he kept his promise and didn’t die while I was away,” said Kyle.

 And it was Kyle who Peter was thinking about in his final moments. Kyle told listeners, “I was filling up the goat’s water [at home] and I was on the phone to my step mother and she was like “we lost him…he knew you were back because he kept saying is he back, is he back”.
Our thoughts are with Kyle and his family during this very difficult time, and it appears many others are thinking of him, too.

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