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Nation’s ‘greatest voice’ Yunupingu dies

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the loss of Australia’s most prominent indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, is an indictment on the health system and underlines Aboriginal disadvantage.

The 46-year-old singer died in Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday after suffering years of ill health from contracting Hepatitis B as a child, which left him with liver and kidney disease.

The Labor leader praised Dr Yunupingu’s exquisite, ethereal voice which was praised worldwide.

“He was blind from birth but what he was able to do is help the world see Australia’s oldest culture,” Mr Shorten told ABC radio on Wednesday.

“We use words about death like ‘taken too soon’ but they are very true words in this case. The gap between health outcomes for our first Australians and other Australians is shocking.”

Dr Yunupingu, who lived on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land, first picked up a guitar at the age of six, learning to play it upside down because he was left handed.

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