Olympic rowing champion Dudley Storey has passed away in Auckland, aged 77.

His son, Dudley Storey Junior, has confirmed his death on Twitter, saying he was the strongest man he's ever known.

Storey, who was a member of the New Zealand crew that won gold in the coxed four at the 1968 Mexico Games, had reportedly just been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Dudley Storey also managed the New Zealand eight that won back to back world championship titles in 1982 and 1983.

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He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to rowing in 1983.