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How did Michael Gudinski Die? Music Director’s Death Confirmed

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All fans and supporters are wondering, with a broken heart, how did Michael Gudinski die? One media in his homeland of Australia confirmed the sad news on March 1.

Michael Gudinski was born in Victoria, Australia, in 1952. He founded Mushroom Records in 1972 and became an Australian music industry icon.

Mushroom Group said in a statement: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Gudinski AM overnight.”

Michael Gudinski died at the age of 68

The statement continues by saying that Michael’s legacy will live on through his family and the enormously successful Mushroom Group, a permanent embodiment of decades of love and courage from an incredible man.

He started working with artists such as Kylie Minogue, MacKenzie Theory, The Choirboys, The Skyhooks, and many more.

Michael Gudinski’s death news came out just days before many questions rose about how Degrassi star Jahmil French die, actually Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts and raises many questions on fan’s minds.


Celebrities Come to Michael Gudinsli’s Private Funeral In Melbourne

Today, March 10, 2021, many celebrities participated in Michael Gudinski’s private funeral in Melbourne, to farewell the Australian music producing titan.

162 roadies and stage crew set up a guard of honor, wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with the words “MG Crew Forever” during the funeral procession.

Music entrepreneur, Michael Gudinski died

Nearly 360 people arrived at Ormond Hall on Wednesday morning for Gudinski’s funeral service.

Guests presented at the hall, where Gudinski first staged live music shows in the 1970s, to recorded music by bands he championed, like Skyhooks, Split Enz, Yothu Yindi, and the Sports.

Good to mention, a state memorial service for Gudinski will be held at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, March 24.

Howard Freeman, Gudinski’s friend for 51 years, was between whom came to the ceremony and stated it was “a day of respect for an industry leader” and that some of the crew had flown from interstate to attend.”

He added: “We exist because of promoters with vision and skill,” Freeman said. “This is how we show our respect and hopefully we do it well. It’s heartfelt.”

Also there were other famous figures among those paying their respects for beloved Michael Gudinski:

  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Molly Meldrum
  • Actors Sam Neill
  • Asher Keddie
  • Former St Kilda football captain Nick Riewoldt
  • Cricket great Shane Warne
  • Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp
  • Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
  • AFL boss Gillon McLachlan
  • Lindsay Fox, Red Symons
  • Ross Wilson, Gudinski’s business partner Michael Chugg 
  • Archie Roach
  • Daryl Braithwaite
  • Hunters & Collectors’ Mark Seymour 

Sisters Kylie and Dannii Minogue arrived together, while Kylie wearing a Mushroom T-shirt under her black jacket.

Additionally, Paul Kelly and James Reyne were among the music industry figures who gathered to pay tribute to the man who helped launch their careers.


Michael Gudinski’s Memorial

About 7,200 friends and associates gathered at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night (March 24) for a final send-off to the Mushroom Group founder and chairman.

Michael Gudinski's memorial was held
Image source: ABC

Those who were not able to get there on the night could watch-on from their devices. According to Frontier Touring’s statement, the live-stream was a one-time-only experience without any repetition.

The special event was live-stream from 07:07 p.m. on YouTube and the state government’s website for about 100 minutes.

Music icons Ed Sheeran and Kylie Minogue performed at the state memorial for music industry figure Michael Gudinski.

A memorial for Michael Gudinski was held
Image source: The Australian

Earlier today, ARIA paid tribute to Michael Gudinski to announce that the Breakthrough Artist ARIA Award would be renamed in his honor.

Mr. Jacobson said, “If the memorial was to reflect how much we should thank him, the concert should go on for a week and it still wouldn’t be long enough.”


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Michael Gudinski’s Cause of Death; Broke Fans’ Heart

According to Mushroom Group, the music legend died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, Australia.

Mushroom Group contains a collective of independent record labels, including:

  • Liberator Music
  • Liberation Records
  • Bloodlines
  • in addition to music publisher Mushroom Music and a neighboring rights company name “Good Neighbour.”

Mushroom Group, Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, also includes two booking agencies; Premier Artists and The Harbour Agency and Role Model Artists.

Mushroom Group founder, Michael Gudinski died

His music brand launched Minogue’s career with her first album, Kylie, in 1988. The label was established in 1974 with Skyhooks’ debut album, “Living in the ’70s,” which by 1975 was the best-selling album by an Australian act in Australia.

Reflecting on his career, he had said: “It’s been a lot of instinct, you learn from your mistakes. My biggest saying is: You need to be a leader, not a follower.”

Music journalist Glenn A Baker claimed that Mr. Gudinski was a man full of energy that gave what he had into the industry, adding that “His energy was just absolutely phenomenal, and he could maybe see things that other people couldn’t quite see.”


A Short Biography of Michael Gudinski

Michael Gudinski started becoming a promoter in 1979, founding Frontier Touring. Through the next four decades, he produced some of the biggest music names for Australian shores.

He was recently set on events to help musicians who suffer from a lack of work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Music legend established the Consolidated Rock artist agency with Michael Browning in 1970, managing artists including Chain and Healing Force. The two later founded the short-lived music magazine name “Daily Planet.”

Gudinski received several awards for his performances in the Australian entertainment industry. He was awarded an ARIA Award for Special Achievement Mushroom Records in 1992, while in 2013, he was certified as the inaugural ARIA Industry Icon.

He received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to the Australian Music at the 1998 APRA Music Awards. Gudinski also received the JC Williamson Award in 2009, and at the Music Victoria Awards, was inducted into the awards Hall of Fame in 2013, forty years after he founded Mushroom Records.

Here are some parts of Mushroom Group’s statement about Michael Gudinski passing away.

Michael Gudinski was a key figure in shaping the Australian music industry. … A larger-than-life figure, Michael was widely respected for his unwavering passion for all music – in particular Australian music. … Michael was renowned for his loyalty and dedication. His ability to achieve the unachievable against unsurmountable odds was proven time and again and spoke to his absolute passion for his career and life. … Michael’s legacy will live on through his family and the enormously successful Mushroom Group – an enduring embodiment of decades of passion and determination from an incredible man.

22 August 1952 – 02 March 2021


Reactions to Michael Gudinski’s Death

Many high-profile Australians, such as Marcia Hines and Russell Crowe and many others, paid tribute on social media.

“RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible,” wrote Crowe. “A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape. I’m not sure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe Ed Sheeran. Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m going to miss him deeply. My love to his family.”

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said he had spent time with Michael days before his death at a Midnight Oil concert in Enmore, Sydney, and no one did more for Australian music than Michael.

Hines said she was in a state of shock and continued calling Michael a true pioneer in the music industry and a man who believed in the development of artists like herself and many others. “His friendship knew no bounds. He was a genuine original, and not replaceable.”

Jeff Kennett also shared his tribute to the heartbreaking death news, saying: “The music has been paused with Michael Gudinski’s death.” Kennett believes that Gudinsk kept musicians in color and movement for decades. He also shared profound condolences to the Gudinsk family.

Michael Gudinski leaves behind his wife Sue and his two children Kate and Matt, and grand-children Nine-Rose and Lulu.

His family respectfully asks for privacy in this challenging time and thank everyone for their support.

For tributes and prayers, kindly scroll down and use the comment box to share your feelings about the heartbreaking death news.


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