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The Seekers singer Judith Durham dies aged 79 as devastated bandmates pay tribute

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The group of four became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the U.K. and the United States, eventually selling 50 million records.Universal Music Australia announced her death Friday, saying she had a brief stay in a hospital and ultimately died from a chronic lung disease.Her bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy said in tribute: “Our lives are changed forever losing our treasured lifelong friend and shining star. "Her struggle was intense and heroic - never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion.

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