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The Seekers Lead Singer Judith Durham Dies at 79, Cause of Death Revealed

The Seekers lead singer, Judith Durham has left for the heavenly abode. The legendary musician passed away at the age of 79 on August 5, 2022. Our hearts go out to the close friends and family of Judith.

The Australian music legend was one of the greatest singers of all time. Continue reading further to know the cause of Judith Durham’s death.

What was the cause behind Judith’s death?

As per the statement issued by Universal Music Australia and Musicoast, the legendary singer died in palliative care on Friday night, after a short stay in The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

According to various reports, Judith passed away on Friday night post a long battle with chronic lung disease. Her Seekers bandmates Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley, and Athol Guy also shared a statement following her death.

They wrote, “Our lives are changed forever losing our treasured lifelong friend and shining star,’ they said. Her struggle was intense and heroic – never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion. Her magnificent musical legacy Keith, Bruce and [Athol] are so blessed to share.”

All you need to know about Judith Durham

Judith was born on July 3, 1943, in Essendon, Victoria, Australia. Her dad William Alexander Cock DFC was a navigator and World War II pathfinder, meanwhile not much is known about her mom Hazel.

Durham went to Essendon Primary School. Soon afterward, she attended Ruyton Girls’ School Kew and then enrolled at RMIT. She started her singing career at the age of 18. She recorded her first EP at 19.

Judith gained fame after joining the band Seekers. The band split up in 1968 but then later reunited in the 1990s. She got married to the British pianist and musical director Ron Edgeworth in 1969. Her husband passed away in 1994 due to a motor neuron disease.

Tributes pour in for Judith Durham

Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese tweeted, “A national treasure and an Australian icon, 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.

The Kath & Kim star Magda Szubanski penned, “Oh this is just so sad Her beautiful, crystalline voice was the naive but knowing siren song of my childhood Deepest condolences to her loved ones.”
His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman paid a tribute to Judith by writing, “The carnival is over, and there’ll never be another you. RIP Judith Durham.” 1971: Never a Dull Moment author David Hepworth wrote, “Farewell, Judith Durham. The Seekers were such a big deal that when they broke up it became necessary to start the New Seekers.”

Australian politician Christopher John Minns wrote, “Vale Judith Durham – a trailblazer for Australian women in music. Someone who defined not just a generation, but what it meant to be an Aussie. You will never be forgotten. The carnival goes on.”

We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family members of Judith Durham. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


  1. Have had a sixty year crush on her. Such a distinctive voice and truly great songs. A new lead singer for the heavenly choir.


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