Seekers singer Judith Durham has died at the age of 79 after a chronic illness

Judith Durham

Judith has died aged 79 (Image: Getty/REX)

Australian singer Judith Durham, best known as the lead singer of the band The Seekers, has died aged 79.

The music legend died Friday night of complications from chronic lung disease, her manager Graham Simpson confirmed to Noise11.com.

Australian luminaries including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese have paid tribute to the singing sensation.

Albanese described Judith as a “national treasure and Australian icon” and wrote on Twitter: “Judith Durham gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped pave the way for a new generation of Australian artists.

“Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgotten.”

Judith rose to fame in the 1960s as a member of the folk/pop quartet The Seekers, where she played vocals, piano and tambourine.

The groundbreaking group scored a string of Top 10 hits with songs like “A World of Our Own” and “Morningtown Ride.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dezo Hoffman/REX/Shutterstock (10316b) THE SEEKERS - KEITH POTGER, JUDITH DURHAM, ATHOL GUY AND BRUCE WOODLEY Various - 1964

Judith was in the chart-topping band The Seekers (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

The Seekers

The Seekers achieved hits in Australia, the UK and the US (Image: Redferns)

The Seekers’ single I’ll Never Find Another You enjoyed worldwide success, reaching number one in the UK, where it was the seventh best-selling track of 1965, and number four in the US.

In fact, the quartet were the first Australian band to have a Top 5 hit in their home country, the UK and the US and have now sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Judith Durham

Judith enjoyed a successful solo career (Image: Fremantle Media/REX/Shutterstock)

Judith Durham

Judith was an Australian icon (Images: Martin Philbey/Redferns)

After record-breaking international success, Judith parted ways with The Seekers to pursue a solo career.

She recorded several albums including Mona Lisas and Let Me Find Love before releasing her last LP It’s Christmas Time in 2013.

Judith Durham

Tributes were poured out for Judith (Picture: Redferns)

Judith was born on July 3, 1943 in Victoria, Australia to a seafaring father and his wife Hazel.

She grew up living in Tasmania and Melbourne, where she began her singing career in jazz clubs at the age of 18.

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