Renee Geyer – Australia’s most famous soul singer – dies aged 69 after health struggle: ‘No pain’

Renee Geyer – Australia’s most famous soul singer – dies aged 69 after health struggle: ‘She wasn’t in pain’

  • The music legend died after an operation

Australia’s most famous and celebrated soul singer Renee Geyer has died at the age of 69.

In a statement, Geyer’s family said she died as a result of hip surgery.

“During the hospitalization, it was determined that Renee was also suffering from inoperable lung cancer,” the statement said.

“She was not in pain and died peacefully surrounded by her family and friends.

“Of course we are all completely devastated.”

Known for her husky voice, Melbourne-born Geyer rose to fame in the 1970s.

After recording an album with jazz rock group Sun in 1972, she began her solo career the following year with a self-titled album.

In an interview with ABC Radio Adelaide in 2022, Geyer recalled realizing she had a huge talent.

“It wasn’t a big deal that I could sing, it was just when other people started thinking I was really great,” she said.

“People’s mouths opened open-mouthed. I started thinking, “Well, I must be pretty good.”

“So I just started doing it for a living, and it was fun, and I kept going, and people kept asking me.”

Among the people who asked her to work with them were English musicians Sting and Joe Cocker, and American soul legend Chaka Khan.

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