The Seekers singer Judith Durham dies aged 79

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Australian singer Judith Durham of folk group The Seekers has died at the age of 79.

The singer died Friday evening after a long battle with chronic lung disease, the Herald Sun reports.

She had been in palliative care at Alfred Hospital before her death due to complications with the disease.

Australian singer Judith Durham of folk group The Seekers has died at the age of 79. Judith pictured at a performance in 2013

Folk pop legends The Seekers are pictured in 1964. The group is best known for their hits like I'll Never Find Another You and Georgy Girl.

Folk pop legends The Seekers are pictured in 1964. The group is best known for their hits like I’ll Never Find Another You and Georgy Girl.

Her Seekers bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy called her a “friend for life” in a shared statement.

“Our lives have been forever changed by the loss of our dear lifelong friend and shining star,” they said.

Her struggle was intense and heroic – she never complained about her fate and fully accepted its outcome. Her beautiful musical legacy Keith, Bruce and [Athol] are so blessed to share.’

George Ash, President, Universal Music Australia and New Zealand, also praised the late singer-songwriter in an emotional statement.

Her Seekers bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy called her a

Her Seekers bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy called her a “friend for life” in a shared statement. All together in the picture in 2016

“Great performers become part of our fabric and extended family, and Judith Durham was no exception,” he said.

‘She was a force of nature, constantly stimulated with a passion for music and life. We were all privileged to have known Judith and to hear her heavenly voice. We are deeply saddened by her passing and will miss her very much.’

The Seekers were best known for their hits I’ll Never Find Another You and Georgy Girl.

The Seekers are pictured performing for the Queen Mother Elizabeth at the London Palladium in 1966

The Seekers are pictured performing for the Queen Mother Elizabeth at the London Palladium in 1966

The Seekers were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1996 and were awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.

The Seekers were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1996 and were awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.

The quartet debuted in 1963 and quickly made history as the first Australian pop act to achieve major crossover success in the UK and America.

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They appeared several times on The Ed Sullivan Show and in 1966 they performed for the Queen Mother Elizabeth at the London Palladium.

The Seekers have sold more than 50 million records throughout their career.

They were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1996 and were awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.

Outside of The Seekers, Judith pursued a solo career with albums such as Climb Ev’ry Mountain and Let Me Find Love.

“We really need music in our lives, it’s the most important thing for all of us to have songs that we can all sing,” Judith said in 2019. Pictured in 1996

Outside of The Seekers, Judith pursued a solo career with albums such as Climb Ev'ry Mountain and Let Me Find Love

Outside of The Seekers, Judith pursued a solo career with albums such as Climb Ev’ry Mountain and Let Me Find Love

She married musical director, British pianist Ron Edgeworth, in 1969.

Edgeworth died in 1994 after a battle with motor neuron disease, and Judith spent many years afterward raising awareness around the disease.

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“Ron was a huge optimist and thought his body would heal itself. He had always believed he would live to be 120 and that, with my lung condition, I would fall off the stick around 60,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2010.

A smiling Judith celebrates her 75th birthday with a cake themed on her compilation album So Much More

A smiling Judith celebrates her 75th birthday with a cake themed on her compilation album So Much More

Judith reflected on her storied career in one of her last interviews with the Today show in 2019.

“It’s only in retrospect that I can see that I was a pioneer,” she said.

‘I’m only now realizing that I was the first to do certain things. I never intended to do that,” she continued.

“We really need music in our lives, it’s the most important thing for all of us to have songs that we can all sing. People can participate, in a community sense.’

“We were all privileged to have known Judith and to hear her heavenly voice,” her record label said in a statement.

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