Vale Renée Geyer

A soul, jazz, blues and R&B legend, the husky-voiced Renée Geyer has died aged 69.

One of Australia’s most respected singers, Renée Geyer died today (Tuesday 17 January) due to complications following hip surgery.

While in hospital, it was discovered that she also had inoperable lung cancer.

According to a statement released by her record company, the Mushroom Group, Geyer was in no pain and died peacefully among family and friends.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts