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Australian music legend Max Merritt, 79, dies after being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease

Australian music legend Max Merritt has died in a Los Angeles hospital after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

The musician, of Max Merritt and the Meteors fame, passed away on Thursday, aged 79.

He had been battling Goodpasture Syndrome, an auto-immune disease where the body mistakenly makes antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys.

Australian music legend Max Merritt has died in a Los Angeles hospital after being diagnosed with a rare serious auto-immune disease

Australian music legend Max Merritt has died in a Los Angeles hospital after being diagnosed with a rare serious auto-immune disease

Australian music legend Max Merritt has died in a Los Angeles hospital after being diagnosed with a rare serious auto-immune disease

Merritt, of Max Merritt and the Meteors fame, had been battling Goodpasture Syndrome, an auto-immune disease which your body mistakenly makes antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys

Merritt, of Max Merritt and the Meteors fame, had been battling Goodpasture Syndrome, an auto-immune disease which your body mistakenly makes antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys

Merritt, of Max Merritt and the Meteors fame, had been battling Goodpasture Syndrome, an auto-immune disease which your body mistakenly makes antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys

His manager and friend Wal Bishop shared the heartbreaking news of his death in a statement on Friday.

‘Max had been on dialysis three days every week since he fell ill back in 2007,’ he said. 

‘He really put up a great fight and will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.

‘Max had been unable to perform live over the past 13 years but, when he felt up to it, would go into the studio to record,’ Bishop said. 

‘He even shot a video to go with the tracks, it’s a shame he won’t be around to see it.’

Merritt is best known for his 1975 hit Slippin’ Away. 

He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008 alongside Dragon, Russell Morris and The Triffids. 

His manager Wal Bishop said Merritt had been on a dialysis machine three days a week since 2007

His manager Wal Bishop said Merritt had been on a dialysis machine three days a week since 2007

His manager Wal Bishop said Merritt had been on a dialysis machine three days a week since 2007

His manager and friend Wal Bishop shared the heartbreaking news of his death in a statement on Friday (Pictured: Australian 60s and 70s rock legend Max Merritt with his long time manager Wal Bishop)

His manager and friend Wal Bishop shared the heartbreaking news of his death in a statement on Friday (Pictured: Australian 60s and 70s rock legend Max Merritt with his long time manager Wal Bishop)

His manager and friend Wal Bishop shared the heartbreaking news of his death in a statement on Friday (Pictured: Australian 60s and 70s rock legend Max Merritt with his long time manager Wal Bishop)

The ‘King of soul’ was born in April, 1941 in Christchurch, New Zealand, but eventually made Australia his home. 

He moved to the UK in the 1960s before settling in Los Angeles in the 1970s. 

During this time continue to tour in Australia and New Zealand.

His death comes almost two weeks after founding member of Australian rock band Skyhooks Peter Starkie died.

Starkey, 72, died on September 13 after falling from a ladder.

Skyhooks shot to fame in the mid-70s with hits such as Horror Movie, Ego is Not A Dirty Word, All My Friends Are Getting Married and Women In Uniform.

The band stopped regularly playing when lead singer Graeme ‘Shirley’ Strachan died in a helicopter accident in Queensland in 2001. 

He had been training for his helicopter licence at the time of the crash.  

The death of former Skyhooks guitarist Peter Starkie is the latest in a series of tragic events to rock what was one of the biggest Australian bands of the 1970s

The death of former Skyhooks guitarist Peter Starkie is the latest in a series of tragic events to rock what was one of the biggest Australian bands of the 1970s

The death of former Skyhooks guitarist Peter Starkie is the latest in a series of tragic events to rock what was one of the biggest Australian bands of the 1970s

Former Skyhooks singer Peter Starkie (right) died on Sunday after falling from a ladder at his home. His death is the latest in a string of tragedies to rock the famous 1970s Australian band

Former Skyhooks singer Peter Starkie (right) died on Sunday after falling from a ladder at his home. His death is the latest in a string of tragedies to rock the famous 1970s Australian band

Former Skyhooks singer Peter Starkie (right) died on Sunday after falling from a ladder at his home. His death is the latest in a string of tragedies to rock the famous 1970s Australian band

'Freddie' Strauks, 'Shirley' Strachan, Red Symons and Bob 'Bongo' Starkie during an interview in 1976

'Freddie' Strauks, 'Shirley' Strachan, Red Symons and Bob 'Bongo' Starkie during an interview in 1976

‘Freddie’ Strauks, ‘Shirley’ Strachan, Red Symons and Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie during an interview in 1976

Source: Daily Mail AU

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