"Archie passed, surrounded by his family and loved ones, at Warrnambool Base Hospital after a long illness."
Legendary Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung), Bundjalung songwriter and story teller Archie Roach has passed away.
The news was revealed via a statement posted to his Facebook page from Amos and Eban Roach on behalf of the Roach Family.
He passed away following a spell of long illness at Warrnambool Base Hospital surrounded by his family and loved ones.
"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung), Bundjalung Senior Elder, songman and storyteller Archie Roach.
"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.
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"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."
Roach's catalogue and activisim took him to considerable heights including being inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in 2011. He was also honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list as a Member of the Order of Australia, was named 2020 Victorian Australian of the year.
This year, two pillar shaped monuments were erected on the shores of Lake Bonney at Barmera to honour him and his wife Ruby Hunter who passed away in 2010.