Australian singer, songwriter, and musician, Judith Durham, has passed away at the age of 79.
Born on July 3, 1943, in Essendon, Australia, Judith became the lead singer of the Australian popular folk music group the Seekers in 1963.
The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide after it subsequently became the first Australian pop music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Durham left the group in mid-1968 to pursue her solo career.
Though she remained primarily a solo performer, Judith began to make sporadic recordings and performances with The Seekers in 1993.
She was named Victorian of the Year on July 1, 2015, for her services to music and a range of charities.
A collection of 14 previously unreleased songs was released on the album “So Much More” to celebrate Durham’s 75th birthday in June 2018.
What Illness Did Judith Durham Have?
In May 2013, during the Seekers’ Golden Jubilee tour, Judith Durham suffered a stroke that diminished her ability to read and write, both visual language and musical scores.
During her convalescence, she made progress to rebuild those skills. Her singing ability was not affected by the stroke.
Judith Durham died after suffering from bronchiectasis, a long-standing chronic lung disease, at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on August 5, 2022, at the age of 79.