The recently retired Kingsgate Consolidated CEO Gavin Thomas has passed away after a long battle with illness.
The long serving head of the miner had been fighting a serious illness for nearly two years, and had stepped down from the company earlier this year due to health concerns.
Late last year Australian Mining reported that Thomas collapsed onstage during his presentation to the Sydney Mining Club, bringing to attention the severity of his illness.
Speaking on Thomas' career, Kingsgate chairman Ross Smyth-Kirk said he and the board recognised "Gavin's contribution to the industry, and in particular to Kingsgate has been extraordinary in both dedication and discovery".
"Gavin's legacy to the mining industry goes well beyond his time at Kingsgate. He had more than 40 years experience operating throughout the world; under his leadership Kingsgate evolved from a single operation in Thailand into a geographically diversified asset base," Smyth-Kirk said.
He went on to pass on his sympathy to Thomas' family.
Australian Mining also passes on its condolences to Thomas' family and friends at this time.