Thank you Archie

Written by on 31/07/2022

ON BEHALF OF THE ROACH FAMILY

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this story contains images of a person who is deceased.

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung), Bundjalung Senior Elder, songman and storyteller Archie Roach.

The singer, who survived a stroke in 2010 was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. He took to the stage at the St Kilda Festival in February this year, wearing a breathing aide. Archie passed, surrounded by his family and loved ones, at Warrnambool Base Hospital after a long illness. We thank all the staff who have cared for Archie over the past month. Archie wanted all of his many fans to know how much he loves you for supporting him along the way. We are so proud of everything our dad achieved in his remarkable life. He was a healer and unifying force. His music brought people together. A private ceremony will follow. We ask that the media please respect the family’s privacy. Archie’s sons, Amos and Eban Roach, have given permission for Archie’s name, image and music to be used, so that his legacy will continue to inspire.


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