Alan Bond, one of the most controversial figures in the history of Western Australia and Perth, has died aged 77.

Perth’s Alan Bond was part of the syndicate that won the America’s Cup in 1983, breaking the United States’ 132-year stranglehold on the title and ending the longest winning streak in the history of sport, ABC news said.

Bond was one of Australia’s most prominent business figures, having owned the Swan Brewery, STW Nine Perth, Perth property, office towers and an array of small and large business assets.

But his multi-billion dollar empire crumbled in the 1990s, eventually being bankrupted for $622 million, the second-largest personal bankruptcy in history.

Here’s how Twitter in Perth reacted to the news.