Tributes are flowing across Australia for music veteran Paul Gray, the lead singer of famed homegrown pop ACT Wa Wa Nee, who died yesterday after a battle with skin cancer.
As Nine reports, the renowned singer, who clocked up a string of hits in the 80’s like ‘Simulation’, ‘I Could Make You Love Me’ and ‘Sugar Free’, passed away peacefully at the age of 54.
The news was announced via the Wa Wa Nee Facebook page, via a statement that read: “It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce that Paul Gray passed away.
“We would like to thank all the Doctors, hospital staff, relatives, friends and fans for the overwhelming support given to Paul and our family while he heroically battled Multiple Myeloma.”
Gray wasn’t only renowned for his international hits with Wa Wa Nee, he also went on to work with such high profile Aussie acts acts as Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano and Bardot.
Many of Paul’ peers in the local music industry have bee left heartbroken by the news of the musician’s early death, and have taken to social media to share their grief.
Read tributes to Paul from the likes of David Campbell, Deni Hines and more below.
I am heartbroken to share the news that Paul Gray passed away last night. He was one of the loveliest blokes in the industry. He was a great friend and musician. I will miss him terribly. He loved his family. He worked every gig he could for them.
“Love ya pal” pic.twitter.com/ymlv9e5sKJ
— David Campbell (@DavidCampbell73) April 24, 2018
Many years ago, #PaulGray from #WaWaNee heard me singing in a kitchen, and that's how my musical journey began. I woke this morning to read he had passed over. Thank you Francis… Love Sharon.. Say hi to my gran for me x pic.twitter.com/dpsxpWSf4v
— **DENI HINES** (@DeniHines1) April 25, 2018
Very sad to hear the news that Paul Gray has passed. A wonderful guy with incredible talent. It doesn’t seem fair! #RIPPaulGray
— Brian Mannix (@mannixbrian) April 24, 2018
— Jane Gazzo (@JaneGazzo) April 25, 2018