Seekers’ Singer Judith Durham’s Cause of Death Due to Disease
We are deeply saddened to announce to you that on August 5, 2022, an Australian musician who is well-known as the lead singer of the folk music group, Seekers passed away aged 79. Judith Durham’s cause of death was announced. May she rest in peace.
She was born on July 3, 1943, in Essendon, Victoria, Australia, and was also named the Victorian of the Year in 2015. After her passing, her bandmates said their lives had been changed forever by losing “our treasured lifelong friend and shining star”.
In 1962, she rose to fame by being a member of The Seekers alongside Athol Guy, Keith Potger, and Bruce Woodley. At an early age like 20, Durham became the band’s lead singer the following year. They were the first Australian band to sell over a million records
A lot of famous singers appreciated her ability in singing, Elton John compared her to Karen Carpenter as having the “purest voice in popular music”, saying: “It’s mind-boggling. I’m in awe of all this. I really do find it very, very hard to think that people put me up at that level.”
When she was in a band, they sold more than 50 million records and had hit songs including “I’ll Never Find Another You“, “I Am Australian” and “Georgy Girl“. Although it was in 1968 when she left the group due to being a solo singer and went on to release a number of studio albums.
Durham was honored multiple times during her fruitful career, including being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to music in 1995 and the Centenary Medal in 2003. Most of her honors are related to the time that she was a member of The Seekers, some of them are:
- The group received the Carl Alan Award for Best New Group in 1966
- Durham and the other members of The Seekers were named jointly and severally Australians of the Year 1967
- The Seekers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by Australia Day Honours in 1995
- Durham was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Governor-General for valued service to Australian society through music in 2001
- Rotary International invested Durham as a Paul Harris Fellow, in recognition of her extensive work on behalf of charities in 2003
- The Seekers was presented with the Key to the City by John So who was Melbourne’s Lord Mayor in 2006
- Durham and the other members of the Seekers were honored by Australia Post with a special Legends Of Australian Music postage stamp in 2012
- Al the members of the Seekers were advanced as Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours,
Despite all these honors, they received other achievements that were impressive including playing with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in London and being welcomed home with a show at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 1967 watched by a record-breaking 200,000 fans.
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What Disease was Behind Judith Durham’s Cause of Death?
Judith Durham’s cause of death was announced. She died following long-standing chronic lung disease at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne at the age of 79. Before that and in 2013, Durham suffered a stroke that led to the loss of her ability to read and write but fortunately, it didn’t affect her singing ability.
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Judith was called “a national treasure” by Anthony Albanese, Australia’s prime minister, who paid tribute to her and added in a statement:
“Judith Durham gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a new generation of Aussie artists, Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”
Durham married her musical director, British pianist Ron Edgeworth on November 21, 1969. Her husband was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and died less than thirty years after their marriage on 10 December 1994 with Durham by his side.
On social media, messages of condolences were sent to Judith Durham’s family and loved ones. His friends shared their sadness through their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. May he rest in peace.
Shane Harmon shared on his Twitter page: “Vale Judith Durham. Probably the first Australian singer I ever heard growing up in Ireland. My late Dad loved the Seekers. They were trailblazers for Australian artists internationally, well before the Bee Gees, AC/DC, Kylie, and INXS among many others. Rest In Peace Judith.”
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Know More About The Seekers
The Seekers are an Australian folk-influenced pop quartet. It was in 1962 that the group was originally formed in Melbourne. They were the first Australian pop music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Durham was the lead singer, Athol Guy was the double bass, and backing vocals and Keith Potger was the lead guitar, banjo, backing, and lead vocals. The last member, Bruce Woodley was the rhythm guitar, banjo, backing, and lead vocals.
Their famous song called I’ll Never Find Another You, hit No 1 in the UK in 1964. Also, reached No.4 in the US, and it was a result of Durham’s pure vocals and diction, and Dusty Springfield’s brother Tom offered to write a song for them.
The group officially announced its disbandment in 1967, after a year that they were honored as joint recipients of the Australian of the Year award. Although sometimes they gathered together to perform on multiple occasions and the last time was in 2014.
She once said that she considers other members of the Seekers as her brothers who always protected her at any cost and she was proud they stayed friends, working together on the anthemic 1997 hit “I Am Australian“.