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Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, 79. dead on

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Australian folk singer and leading lady of The Seekers Judith Durham has died. She was 79 years old.

According to multiple reports, Durham died in a Melbourne hospital on Friday night after complications of lung disease. Durham achieved global success with hits such as “Georgie Girl,” “I’ll Never Find Another You,” “A World of Our Own” and “The Carnival Is Over.”

She was only 19 when she rose to stardom, joining The Seekers in 1963. After great success in the UK and US the group would eventually sell 50 million records. Success would pave the way for a solo career, but Durham continued recording with the group. All the way to the 1990s.

Durham’s career was so respected, Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spoke out after the news, calling him “a national treasure and an Australian icon”.

“A national treasure and an Australian icon, Judith Durham gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped to highlight a mark for a new generation of Australian artists,” Albanese wrote on twitter, “His kindness will be remembered by many, the anthem he gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”

Durham was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1995 for services to music. She also earned the Centenary Medal in 2003, and was named Victorian of the Year in 2015.

The group – which included Keith Potter, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy – issued a statement The Associated PressStating that Durham was a “lifelong friend” and a “shining star”.

“His struggle was intense and heroic, he never complained about his fate and fully accepted its findings,” the statement said. “Keith, Bruce and I are so blessed to share their illustrious musical legacy.”

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