Legendary Australian racehorse trainer James “Bart” Cummings has died, his family has confirmed.

In a tweet, his son, Anthony Cummings, said his father died surrounded by his family earlier this morning.

He said his father lived a full life.

The legendary trainer, known as the “Cups King”, won the Melbourne Cup 12 times.

He took out his trainer’s licence in 1953, and won nearly 7,000 races including 760 stakes races.

In 2001 he was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.