FOUR-TIME Olympic gold medallist Murray Rose has lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 73.
Rose, who became an Olympic champion for the first time at 17 at the 1956 Melbourne Games, was a legend in the sport.
He died in Sydney yesterday after battling illness for a number of months.
Rose won three gold medals at the Melbourne Olympics, his first in the final of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay.
He followed with victories in the 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle, becoming the first swimmer in 36 years to win both individual events.
After the Games, Rose, who was born in Birmingham, England and came to Australia aged five, moved to Los Angeles.
He returned to Australia to train for the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he won the 400m freestyle and finished second to John Konrads in the 1500m.