Tributes have come pouring in for former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss, who has died aged 63.

Goss, whose death was announced on Monday morning, had been in ill health for some time and had undergone surgery for recurrent brain tumours.

In 1989, Goss became Queensland’s first Labor premier in 32 years, ending Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the National party’s long stranglehold on power. He served as Premier until 1996.

In a joint statement, Goss’ wife Roisin, son Ryan and daughter Caitlin confirmed Goss died at home.

“As a family we mourn the man we love; as Queenslanders we join with so many others in gratitude for everything Wayne did for our community and our state.

“In Wayne’s own words from 1996, ‘Thank you, Queensland. You’ve been good to me. I hope I’ve left you a better place.’

“We and the extended family are immensely thankful to Dr Bruce Hall and all of Wayne’s medical team for their excellent care, and to all those who have sent their well wishes during Wayne’s illness.”

Tributes to Goss have come from political friends and foes alike. Premier Campbell Newman has offered the family a state funeral, and the Queensland LNP Cabinet held a minute’s silence upon hearing of Mr Goss’s passing.

“Wayne was a true leader who guided his party and the State through a turbulent time in Queensland’s history,” said Premier Newman.

“He drove much-needed reform in many aspects of Queensland’s public life, including social policy, electoral laws and reforms of the police service and broader public service. He did so with tenacity, determination and courage.

“Those attributes were also very much at the forefront as he battled cancer. I’m saddened he should have lost that fight at such a young age.”

The Queensland Labor Opposition Leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk, also released a statement.

“He will be remembered as one of the great Premiers of our state,” she said.

“Not only did he lead the Labor Party back into government in 1989 after 32 years in the wilderness, he led a government that changed forever the face of our state and the expectations of Queenslanders.

“His initiatives in areas such as education, health, the environment, and accountability set new and higher standards for our state. On behalf of the Parliamentary Labor Party I pass on our thoughts and condolences to Roisin, Ryan, Caitlin and their families.”

Former Prime Minister and federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd, who served as Goss’ chief of staff for a time and was director-general of the state cabinet office during Goss’ tenure as Premier, said his old boss will go down in history as Queensland’s greatest postwar premier.

“The fact that he chose a political vocation, with all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that attend it, made Queensland a decisively better place for us all,” Rudd said in a statement.

“Had there been no Wayne Goss, who knows how long the state would have had to endure the most corrupt electoral system in the country’s history?

“He managed to triumph despite the gerrymander, and then destroy the gerrymander altogether, and for all time.

“No one else could have done it. He did.”

Tributes to Goss have flowed on Twitter throughout the day.

A date has not yet been set for the memorial.