Aboriginal singer Ruby Hunter dies

ONE of the headline acts at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Coffs Harbour last month has passed away.

Aboriginal singer and songwriter Ruby Hunter has died, leaving fans and communities in mourning for a woman who rose above adversity and inspired generations to do the same.

A Ngarrindjeri woman, Hunter was born in 1955 on the banks of the Murray in South Australia and met her lifelong partner and musical soul mate Archie Roach aged 16, when both were homeless teenagers.

Hunter was a member of the stolen generation, forcibly removed from her family aged eight.

Roach and his family released a statement asking for privacy “in this time of profound grief”.

“On Wednesday, February 17 2010, the acclaimed Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjarra, Kookatha singer and songwriter Ruby Hunter, aged 54, passed away suddenly at home in southwest Victoria in the arms of her lifelong partner, Archie Roach.”



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