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Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and her son News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch attend the opening of a newspaper office building in Adelaide, Australia, on Nov 16, 2005. Dame Elisabeth died on Wednesday at her home outside Melbourne. Reuters
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, matriarch of the Murdoch media empire and mother of News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch, was both an inspiration and outspoken critic of her tumultuous family and balm to some of its excesses.