Judith Durham car accident Seven’s entertainment editor Peter Ford tweeted the news of her death, calling her “one of the best singers in this country.”
”He’s been brilliant as part of The Seekers and as a solo artist,” she said.
“He is also a really kind and generous person.”
It is understood he died in hospital on Friday night after battling a chronic illness.
Durham joined The Seekers in Melbourne in the 1960s along with Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley.in 1967, the band members were selected as co-recipients of the Australian of the Year award, the only band to have been honoured to date.
The band Decoupled a year later, when Durham left to pursue a solo career, but reunited for shows in the following years.
In 1995, The Seekers were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and almost two decades later, the members were individually honoured as Officers of the Order of Australia.
Durham married music director Ron Edgeworth in 1969, before briefly moving to Europe.
in 1990, the couple and tour manager Peter Summers were in a car accident in Victoria, which resulted in the death of the driver of the other car, and Durham suffered a broken wrist and leg.
The fan reaction led to The Seekers reuniting for the Silver Jubilee show Dec During this reunion, Edgeworth would be diagnosed with motor neuron disease and would die in 1994.
In May Dec013, the band reunited for a Golden Jubilee tour. But Durham would suffer a stroke that affected his ability to read and write – including reading sheet music.
Her singing was not affected by the stroke.
in 2015, he was named Victorian of the Year for his services to music and his involvement in charities.