PBS is deeply saddened by the passing of Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta Elder Uncle Jack Charles, who passed away Monday night. All of us here at the station send our love to his family and loved ones, and the countless folks who's lives he has touched.

Uncle Jack has graced the PBS airwaves many times, and he has always brought life and vitality to the station and to our listeners. Uncle Jack often popped by for a yarn on air, and even played Musical Chairs on The Breakfast Spread in 2016. An active member of his community right up until his passing, Uncle Jack's presence will continue to be felt long after his spirit has left this world.

T-roy, Uncle Jack Charles and Kat Clarke

Uncle Jack's family have given permission for use of his name and image, and have released the following statement:.

"We are heart broken to be announcing the passing of our much loved Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta senior Elder, Brother, Uncle, Great Uncle Jack Charles...

"Before he passed away, his family were able to send him off on Country during a smoking ceremony at the Royal Melbourne Hospital...

"We are so proud of everything he has achieved in his remarkable life - Elder, actor, musician, potter, activist, mentor, a household name and voice loved by all - as is demonstrated by his numerous awards including this year's NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year.

"He will live on in our hearts and memories and through his numerous screen and stage roles. May he be greeted by his Ancestors on his return home."

We wish you peaceful passage into the Dreaming Uncle Jack, we'll miss you.

Namila Benson, Jess Fairfax, Uncle Jack Charles & Kyah
Nick Brown, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Uncle Jack Charles
& Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Nick Brown, Uncle Jack Charles & Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Cat McGauran, Uncle Jack Charles & Nick Brown
Uncle Jack Charles at Community Cup 2018
Credit: Campbell Manderson