Judith Durham, the lead singer of The Seekers and an Australian folk music superstar, passed away at the age of 79.

A statement was shared on the verified Facebook page for The Seekers by Musicoast and Universal Music Australia, “After a brief stay in the Alfred Hospital, Judith was admitted to Palliative Care on Friday 5 August, where she passed away peacefully that evening. Her death was a result of complications from long-standing chronic lung disease.”

During the tribute, Durham’s former bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley, and Athol Guy wrote, “Our lives are changed forever, losing our treasured lifelong friend and shining star. Her struggle was intense and heroic — never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion.”

Continuing, “Her magnificent musical legacy Keith, Bruce, and I are so blessed to share.”

Artists from Australia gained international fame thanks to Durham. A former Australian pop band, The Seekers, gained mainstream success in both the UK and the US in 1962. One of the group’s biggest hits was “Georgy Girl.” Another was “A World of Our Own.”

After leaving The Seekers in 1968, Durham succeeded on her own and released several solo albums but continued to tour with the band for many years afterward.

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