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Judith Durham, the folk music icon from Australia who achieved global fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has passed away at age 79.

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Durham died in Alfred Hospital on Friday night after succumbing to lung disease.

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She made her first recording at the age of 19 and rose to fame after joining The Seekers in 1963.

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The group of four became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

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The international hits include "The Carnival is Over," "I'll Never Find Another You," "A World of Our Own" and "Georgy Girl."

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Durham embarked on a solo career in 1968 but recorded with The Seekers again in the 1990s.

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Her bandmates in The Seekers — Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley, and Athol Guy 

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The loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult, her life has been drastically changed by the death of her best friend.

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After a long and difficult struggle, the woman finally reached her destiny. She never complained of her fate or accepted its conclusion.

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The tributes continued to flow for the beloved singer, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese describing Durham as “a national treasure and an Australian icon.”

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Judith Durham is known for her work in Australian art, which has helped pave the way for new artists.

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In his home state of Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said Durham had conquered the music world both in Australia and overseas.

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The Seekers became one of Australia's biggest chart-toppers with her unique voice and stage presence leading the band.

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