Australia: Funeral on Friday for Crazy John

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Multimillionaire businessman John Ilhan will be buried in Melbourne on Friday ahead of a public memorial service on Monday.The founder of the Crazy John’s mobile phone empire died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while on a morning walk near his home in the southern Melbourne suburb of Brighton. He was 42. They’re expected to be joined by up to 4,000 mourners at Mr Ilhan’s funeral at a mosque in the northern Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, where the mobile phone mogul grew up.

It’s expected to be the biggest held in Melbourne’s Muslim community.Traditional Islamic law requires a person to be buried within 24 hours of their death, but Mr Ilhan’s funeral has been delayed because an autopsy had to be completed.Mr Ilhan migrated from Turkey with his family at the age of five and settled in Broadmeadows where his father became president of the mosque.

The rags-to-riches migrant ended up with a fortune worth $310 million after starting his mobile phone retail business with $1,000 and one shop in 1991.The father-of-four was ranked as Australia’s 126th richest person, according to Business Review Weekly’s Top 200 Rich List.

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