World · August 6, 2022

The Seekers: Stream of tributes for Judith Durham after her death at the age of 79

Tributes are flowing for beloved Australian entertainer Judith Durham, who died “in peace” at the age of 79 after a long battle for health.

The former Seekers singer, who gained international fame for his immense talent, died Friday night in Melbourne in palliative care.

She had been admitted to Alfred Hospital and died from complications of a longstanding chronic lung disease.

The singer, songwriter and musician formed The Seekers with Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger in 1962.

With hits like Georgy Girl and The Carnival Is Over, they became the first Australian pop group to achieve massive hit in the UK and US charts, paving the way for other stars like Olivia Newton-John.

The Seekers hold the record for the largest concert crowd in the Southern Hemisphere, with around 200,000 people attending a show in March 1967.

They were named joint Australians of the Year in 1967.

Durham eventually left the group and had a successful solo career, although he has continued to reunite with the Seekers over the years.

In 2014 Seekers members were honored as Officers of the Order of Australia.

Durham’s bandmates took to social media to share a tribute to their “magnificent musical legacy”.

“Our lives have changed forever by losing our dear lifelong friend and our shining star,” they said.

“His fight was intense and heroic, never complaining about his fate and fully accepting its conclusion.

Her sister Beverly Sheehan also spoke of the closeness they shared.

“Judith’s joie de vivre, her constant optimism, creativity and generosity of spirit have always been an inspiration to me,” she said.

Durham’s family asked for privacy at this time.

Federal Arts Minister Tony Burke said Durham was “once the best known Australian voice”.

“With The Seekers and the solo, Judith has earned her place as an icon of our music,” she said.

“In 1967, 10% of Melbourne’s population attended only one concert.

“What a contribution. What a loss. I am Australian will be played forever. RIP. “

Entertainer Anthony Callea posted: “The skies above have just earned the voice of an angel”.

Originally released as “Shining Star”: Tributes flow for Judith Durham after her death at age 79