Judith Durham dead: ‘The Seekers’ singer and legendary Australian music icon, dies aged 79 after primary cause of death revealed

Australian music legend Judith Durham has died aged 79.

Durham AOM rose to fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, best known for I’ll Never Find Another You, I Am Australian and The Carnival Is Over.

Seven’s entertainment editor, Peter Ford, tweeted the news of her passing, describing her as “one of the best singers in this country”.

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“As part of The Seekers and as a solo artist, she was fantastic,” he said.

“Also a really nice and generous person.”

The Seekers perform in Canberra on their 2013 Golden Jubilee tour. Credit: ALAN PORRIT/MONKEY IMAGE

She reportedly died in hospital on Friday night after battling a chronic illness.

Durham joined The Seekers in the 1960s alongside Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley in Melbourne.

In 1967, the band members were named as joint recipients of the Australian of the Year award, the only group to be honored to date.

The band broke up a year later when Durham left to pursue a solo career, but reunited for shows over the next few decades.

In 1995, The Seekers were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and nearly two decades later, the members were individually honored as Officers of the Order of Australia.

Durham married her musical director Ron Edgeworth in 1969 before moving briefly to Europe.

Seekers singer Judith Durham has died aged 79. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/MONKEY IMAGE
Judith Durham in Melbourne in 2011. Credit: Martin Philbey/AP

In 1990, the couple and their tour manager Peter Summers were involved in a car accident in Victoria in which the driver of the other car was killed and Durham suffered a broken wrist and leg.

The response from fans led to a reunion of The Seekers for a Silver Jubilee show. During this reunion, Edgeworth would be diagnosed with motor neuron disease, who died in 1994.

In May 2013, the band reunited for a Golden Jubilee tour. However, Durham would suffer a stroke that affected her ability to read and write – including reading sheet music.

Her singing was unaffected by the stroke.

In 2015, she was named Victorian of the Year for her music and charitable contributions.

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