FORMER New South Wales Premier Neville Wran, a towering figure in Labor circles for more than four decades, died in Sydney aged 87 on Sunday night.
Mr Wran, who won four consecutive state elections at the helm, held the Premier's office for the second-longest period in history, outdone by six months by Bob Carr.
Unlike many political figures, he chose to leave while still the elected NSW Premier in 1986, and laid the foundations for electoral success for both Mr Carr and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott "acknowledged" the Labor figures contribution to the state, while current Premier Mike Baird on Monday promised a state funeral for Mr Wran.
Mr Wran died peacefully in a care home in Sydney, after a two year battle with dementia.
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