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The Seekers singer Judith Durham has died

Members of The Seekers have paid tribute to their “shining star”, singer Judith Durham, who has died aged 79 in Melbourne.

Durham died Friday evening in palliative care after issues from a long-term lung situation, her administration stated.

Her bandmates – Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Man – stated their lives had been modified ceaselessly by the lack of “our treasured lifelong buddy and shining star”.

“Her struggle was intense and heroic, she by no means complained about her destiny and absolutely accepted its conclusion. Her magnificent musical legacy Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share,” they stated in a press release Saturday.

Durham made her first document at 19 and later achieved worldwide fame after becoming a member of The Seekers in 1963.

The foursome turned the primary Australian band to attain main chart and gross sales success in the UK and United States, finally promoting 50 million information.

Durham went solo in 1968, however recorded once more with The Seekers within the Nineteen Nineties.

Durham’s sister Beverley Sheehan spoke of the siblings’ shared love of music.

“Judith’s zest for all times, her fixed optimism, creativity and generosity of spirit have all the time been an inspiration to me,” Sheehan stated.

Durham’s loss of life in palliative care after a brief keep at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital was the results of issues from long-term power lung illness, Common Music Australia and Musicoast stated on Saturday.

“This can be a unhappy day for Judith’s household, her fellow Seekers, Musicoast employees, the music trade and followers all over the world and all of us who’ve been part of Judith’s life for thus lengthy,” stated The Seekers administration group member Graham Simpson. .

Tributes have been paid to the beloved singer, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanian hailing Durham as a “nationwide treasure and Australian icon”.

“Judith Durham gave voice to a brand new a part of our identification and helped blaze a path for a brand new era of Australian artists,” Albanese stated on Twitter.

“Her kindness can be missed by many, the anthems she gave our nation won’t ever be forgotten.”

Opposition Chief Peter Dutton paid tribute to Durham as somebody who “gave voice to multiple era of Australians by way of phrases of common attraction, carried by melodies that, as soon as heard, are etched in our reminiscences”.

The Australian leisure trade additionally reacted to the unhappy information, with singer Anthony Callea writing: “Heaven above simply received the voice of an angel.”

Actress Magda Szubanski despatched her “deepest condolences”.

“Her lovely, crystalline voice was the naïve however realizing siren music of my childhood,” Ms Szubanski wrote on Twitter.

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