Convicted paedophile and former Queensland Labor leader Keith Wright has died in Vietnam.
In 1983, Toowoomba-born Wright came close to toppling Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and becoming premier.
A decade later, the Baptist preacher was jailed for eight years for indecent dealing and child rape.
In 2009 the former leader broke a 16-year silence to express regret and sorrow over sexual dealings with girls that cost him more than five years in jail.
“Yes, I really blew it man,” The Courier Mail reported Wright as saying.
“I was so stupid. And I profoundly regret it all. I am so sorry.
“I regret it for the girls, I regret it for my family, I regret it for myself and I regret it for those in the community who looked up to me.”
Wright was educated at the University of Queensland and Kelvin Grove Teachers College in Brisbane before becoming a teacher and author.