Singer Dr G. Yunupingu dies aged 46

World famous blind Aboriginal singer Dr G. Yunupingu passed away in Darwin yesterday. Picture: Supplied.

DR G. Yunupingu, one of Australia’s most treasured artists, has died after a long battle with chronic illness.

The 46-year-old singer and songwriter made an indelible contribution to Australian culture, introducing his indigenous culture to the world and top of the charts with an angelic voice singing in his own language.

Born on Elcho Island off north east Arnhemland, the acutely shy blind boy of the Gumatj clan taught himself to play drums, keyboards, didgeridoo and guitar. He was a son of the Rainbow Spirit and his animal totem was Baru, the crocodile.

His passing was confirmed in a statement by his longtime friends Michael Hohnen and Mark Grose at his label Skinnyfish Music.

“Today we mourn the loss of a great Australian, Dr G. Yunupingu who sadly passed away yesterday in Royal Darwin Hospital at age 46 after a long battle with illness,” they posted.

“Dr G. Yunpingu is reme…

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