Folk music icon who achieved global fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has died

Durham died in Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on Friday night after suffering complications from a long-standing lung disease

The group of four became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the U.K. and the United States, eventually selling 50 million records

International hits included "The Carnival is Over," "I’ll Never Find Another You," "A World of Our Own" and "Georgy Girl."

Durham embarked on a solo career in 1968 but recorded with The Seekers again in the 1990s.

Her struggle was intense and heroic, never complaining of her destiny and fully accepting its conclusion

In her home state Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews said Durham had conquered the music world both in Australia and overseas.

"With her unique voice and stage presence leading The Seekers, the band became one of Australia’s biggest chart toppers," he said.