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On 6 August Judith Durham, an Australian folk music legend, died at the age of 79.

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According to Deadline, Durham died of a lung disease at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital on Friday night.

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Both the Musicost record label and Universal Music Australia announced his passing.

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Durham joined The Seekers in 1963 and became the first Australian band to have significant chart and commercial success in the US.

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Hits "The Carnival Is Over," "I Will Never Find Another You," "A World of Our Own,"

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And "Georgie Girl" helped them sell over 50 million records.

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Durham went solo in 1968 but re-recorded with The Seekers in the 1990s.

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Durham as "a national treasure and an Australian icon".

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"His kindness will be remembered by many, the anthem he gave to our nation will never be forgotten.

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He said, "Led by The Seekers with their unique voice, the band became one of Australia's biggest chart toppers.