Its a sad day indeed, I just heard from Chuck that James Freud
is dead. I guess the tributes shall be flowing very soon for one
of Australia's most talented. Here's what I found online.
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Australia's music industry is reeling following the death of
the Models frontman James Freud today.
The 51-year-old singer took his own life following a long
struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, just one week
after the Melbourne band was inducted into the ARIA Hall
Musician Scott Carne, of '80s band Kids in the Kitchen,
said Freud's bandmates were devastated by the news.
"It was one of the great '80s bands that shaped the music
of Australia today," Carne said.
"They're the band that took us under their wing and took
Kids in the Kitchen on our first ever East Coast tour."
Freud was the band's bassist and lead singer.
Music promoter and close friend Michael Gudinski said
Freud would be "greatly missed".
"James's battle with alcoholism has been well chronicled.
His two books on his recovery and five years' sobriety were
bestsellers and gave a lot of people who were suffering the
same affliction comfort and hope,"
Gudinski said this afternoon.
"Unfortunately, James has succumbed to his disease and
taken his own life this morning."
Gudinski said Freud should be remembered as one of
Australia’sshining lights in the music industry.
"James was a true pioneer – he successfully crossed over
from Australia’s burgeoning punk scene in the early '80s,
to then create some of the most played tracks in
Australia’s recording history."