– Alan Bond’s wife was found dead at the couple’s mansion in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe yesterday.
It is understood the body of Diana Bliss, 57, was discovered in the pool at the luxury two-storey property after a man phoned St John Ambulance about 11.30am yesterday.
It is unclear if it was Mr Bond who raised the alarm.
Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances.
Tributes began flowing yesterday for Ms Bliss, who was described as “always smiling, always happy, always enthusiastic”.
A resident, who did not want to be named, said she had seen Mr Bond’s wife several days ago and Ms Bliss told her she had spent a week in hospital. The resident said Ms Bliss said she was suffering depression and anxiety.
Yesterday, two police cars were at the scene along with two detectives.
Mr Bond, 73, flagged a permanent return to WA from London when he attended the Freemantle Maritime Museum in 2008 to mark the 25th anniversary of “Australia II’s” America’s Cup win and since then the couple has been dividing their time between Perth and London.
“Australia 2” crew member and close friend of the couple, John Longley, said he was deeply shocked by the news.
Family friend and former WA property mogul Warren Anderson said he was deeply shocked and saddened.
Rodney Phillips, general manager of His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, said he knew Ms Bliss for almost 15 years and had recently heard she was unwell.
Close friend and high-profile Perth real estate agent William Porteous said he was devastated by her death, describing Ms Bliss as “just the most lovely, wonderful person” – Nicole Cox & Glenn Cordingley


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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