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Judith Durham of Australian folk star The Seekers dies at 79

Judith Durham, Australian folk music star and lead singer of The Seekers, has died, according to a statement from

(CNN). her record label. She was 79 years old.

“After a brief stay at Alfred Hospital, Judith was admitted to palliative care on Friday, August 5, and died peacefully that evening. It is a chronic lung disease that spans the spectrum," Musicoast and Universal Music Australia said in a statement shared on The Seekers' verified Facebook page .

"Our lives were forever changed by the loss of a dear lifelong friend and shining star. Her struggle was fierce and heroic. Never complain about your destiny." Keith, Bruce and I are very happy to share her magnificent musical legacy," said her former bandmate Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley. , Atholl Guy added to the post. Formed in 1962, The Seekers were considered the first Australian pop band to achieve mainstream success in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The group's hits included "Georgy Girl" and "A World of Our Own".

Durham left the Seekers in 1968 to pursue a solo career, releasing several of her solo albums, but reuniting and reuniting with the band in the decades that followed. We continued our tour.

Several prominent Australians posted tributes on Saturday.

"National treasure and Australian icon Judith Durham has given voice to new elements of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists." Prime Minister Anthony Albanese writes. Twitter.

"Her kindness will be missed by many. The national anthem she gave to our country will never be forgotten."

Australian comedian and actress Magda Szubanski shared her "deepest condolences to her loved ones"on Twitter.

"Her beautiful, clear voice knew the siren songs of my childhood, but was naive," she writes Szubanski.

Her Tanya Plibersek, Australia's Environment and Water Minister, called Durham a "pioneer and icon of Australian music" on Twitter. "Her songs live forever."