Australian music legend Renee Geyer has handed away on the age of 69, her household has confirmed.
The soul singer – who shot to fame within the Seventies along with her iconic husky vocals – died from issues following hip surgical procedure.
Geyer’s household confirmed her dying in an announcement on Tuesday afternoon, which was launched by The Mushroom Group.
“It’s with immense unhappiness that we announce that Renée Geyer has handed away from issues following hip surgical procedure. Whereas in hospital, it was found that Renée additionally had inoperable lung most cancers. She was in no ache and died peacefully amongst household and buddies. Naturally, we’re all completely devastated,” the assertion learn.
Her household added Geyer had been “wanting ahead” to a different busy 12 months of performing.
“Simply final month, Renée sang to a full home and was wanting ahead to a different busy 12 months forward doing what she liked most – performing for her loyal followers across the nation,” the assertion continued.
“Renée lived her life as she carried out – on her personal phrases and to the fullest. Beloved and revered, she was a pressure of nature and a nationwide treasure, and her passing leaves an enormous void within the Australian music business.”
Geyer carried out with jazz-rock group Solar within the early Seventies earlier than launching a solo profession in 1973.
Her highest-charting single, Heading within the Proper Route, was launched two years later, in 1975.
Throughout her spectacular decades-long profession, Geyer labored with many different high-profile artists together with Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Khan.
Geyer was inducted into the ARIA Corridor of Fame in 2005, and in 2013 she grew to become the primary girl to be inducted into the Music Victoria Corridor of Fame.
In 2018, she obtained the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award on the Australian Ladies in Music Awards.
Simply final 12 months, the music icon spoke of how “fortunate” she felt for her prolonged profession.
“I’m getting paid to do what I actually love to do, and have been for over 50 years, so how fortunate am I?,” she stated, in response to ABC Information.
Her life within the highlight additionally noticed Geyer expertise tough occasions.
In her 2000 autobiography, Confessions of a Troublesome Lady, Geyer brazenly detailed struggles with a earlier drug habit, revealing she suffered three near-fatal drug overdoses.
“I’ve died thrice,” she wrote within the guide. “Overdosed … coronary heart stopped beating … blue within the face for 20 minutes … needed to be revived. That type of lifeless.”
She additionally opened up about having six abortions and a prolonged battle with despair.
In 2009, she was identified with breast most cancers.
Her profession additionally got here with its controversies.
In 2010, she crashed her automobile by means of the window of an optometrist’s retailer within the inner-Melbourne suburb of Elwood, later telling the Sydney Morning Herald that she had been affected by remedy she was taking as a part of her most cancers therapy.
In 2017, Geyer obtained behaviour bond after a 2015 incident at a resort the place she allegedly used racist language in the direction of a receptionist.