January 17, (THEWILL) – Legendary Australian soul singer, Renee Geyer, is dead. She was 69.
According to Daily Mail, her family revealed that the music icon died from complications, following hip surgery.
Describing the singer as a force of nature, the family statement reads, “It is with immense sadness that we announce that Renee Geyer has passed away from complications following hip surgery.
“While in hospital, it was discovered that Geyer 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 over 50 years, was the first woman to be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame.
Known for her husky vocals, Geyer began her career with bands including jazz groups, Dry Red and Sun.
She worked with the likes of Sting, Chaka Khan and Joe Cocker as a backup vocalist.