Tributes pour in for The Seekers singer Judith Durham

Tributes are pouring in after the death of Seekers lead singer Judith Durham.

The international music legend died Friday at the age of 79 after suffering complications from a long-standing chronic lung disease.

Durham’s beloved sister Beverley Sheehan spoke of the closeness they shared throughout their lives, including their love of music.

Tributes are pouring in after the death of Seekers lead singer Judith Durham.
Tributes are pouring in after the death of Seekers lead singer Judith Durham. (Universal Music)

“Judith’s zest for life, her constant optimism, her creativity and her generosity of spirit have always been a source of inspiration to me.”

On behalf of his brother Ben and sister Belinda, Durham’s nephew Tony Sheehan said “we have been blessed to share our lives with her”.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Durham as “a national treasure and an Australian icon”.

“Judith Durham gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists,” Albanese said on Twitter.

“Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”

Durham’s biographer and Researchers Graham Simpson, member of the management team, said it was “a sad day for the family of Judith, his colleague ResearchersMusicoast staff, the music industry and fans around the world”.

“All of us who have been a part of Judith’s life for so long,” Simpson said.

Athol Guy released a statement on behalf of the band saying their lives were “changed forever by losing our forever precious friend and our shining star”.

“His struggle was intense and heroic – never complaining about his fate and fully accepting his conclusion,” Guy said.

Tributes are pouring in after the death of Seekers lead singer Judith Durham.
Tributes are pouring in after the death of Seekers lead singer Judith Durham. (Provided)

“His wonderful musical legacy, Keith, Bruce and I are so lucky to share.”

Universal Music Australia and New Zealand chairman George Ash said great artists “are part of our fabric and our extended family” and Durham “was no exception”.

“She was a force of nature, constantly fueled by a passion for music and life,” Ash said.

“We have all had the privilege of knowing Judith and hearing her heavenly voice.

“We are deeply saddened by her passing and she will be greatly missed.”

Cyrus Meher-Homji, senior vice-president of Universal Music Australia and New Zealand, paid tribute to Durham’s “artistic talent” and said he discovered his genius when he was a child.

“How would a child of five understand the message and the spirit of Carnival is over? Maybe not, but that’s the age I first met Judith Durham and The Seekers, and was thrilled,” Meher-Homji said.

“In 2011 at Universal Music Australia we were blessed to sign Judith Durham to Decca Australia, at which time Judith wrote of her happiness knowing that ‘the Universal/Decca family now clings to my dream and my mission to uplift and bring happiness to music lovers around the world”.

“Up there, dawn awaits you, Judith. Your artistry will forever be etched in our souls.”

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