Australia’s legendary music icon and soul singer, Renee Geyer, is dead. She was 69.
Geyer’s family while announcing her passing said in a statement that Geyer had died
from complications after hip surgery.
The statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that Renee Geyer has died from complications following hip surgery.” It had also been discovered that Renee also had inoperable lung cancer.
“She was in no pain and died peacefully amongst family and friends. Naturally, we are all utterly devastated.”
Geyer, whose career spanned more than 50 years, was the first woman to be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame. Popular for her husky vocals, Geyer began her career with music bands including jazz groups Dry Red and Sun.
Colleagues and fans have begun paying tributes to the celebrated singer.
A fellow musician, Marcia Hines, had described Geyer as “a gamechanger. A soul diva.
My sister in the song” in a tweet while paying respects to her.