Murray Rose, who won four golds for Australia at the '56 and '60 Olympics, died Sunday, Swimming Australia said in a statement. He was 73.
Rose won gold in the 400 and 1500 free at the 1956 Melbourne Games aged 17. Four years later in Rome he won the 400 free again, becoming the only swimmer to have won this event twice in a row (now shared with Ian Thorpe).
Born in Scotland in 1939, Rose moved to Australia with his family as a young boy.
During his glittering career he also set 15 world marks.
"Murray Rose is part of the Swimming DNA in this country." said David Urquhart, president of Swimming Australia.