Men at Work’s Greg Ham found dead in Melbourne

Men at Work’s Greg Ham found dead in Melbourne
By: Iain Shedden, Music Writer From: The Australian

Men At Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in his Melbourne home. It is not yet known how he died. Police are investigating the death of Australian band Men at Work’s multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, whose body was found at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton early today.

Two friends found Ham’s body when they went to his home after not hearing from him for the last week. Melbourne police are yet to say how he died or if the circumstances are suspicious.

“There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we’re assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred,” homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell told reporters.

Ham, 58, joined Men at Work in 1979 and went on to share the band’s international success in the 1980s. He played flute on the Melbourne band’s biggest hit, Down Under, which topped the charts in Australia, Britain, the US and Canada in 1982. The song was the subject of a law suit in 2010, when a court ruled that Ham’s flute part plagiarised the old Australian folk song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.

Men at Work singer Colin Hay, who wrote the song with fellow member Ron Strykert, said the passage in question was only a reference and that any plagiarism was unintentional. Ham said after the case he feared he would be forever remembered for playing on the song for the wrong reasons.

The musician, who lived alone at his apartment in Carlton North, had been working as a music teacher in recent years. Last year he sold a property nearby that he had lived in previously. Neighbor John Nassar said he knew Ham for about 30 years and the pair would stop and say hello. “He was a lovely human being, never judgmental about anyone, “ Mr Nassar told reporters.

“He was a very friendly human being.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

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Posted on April 19, 2012, in K*Chele Magazine, Music News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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