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We Remember Wa Wa Nee Star Paul Gray

The Aussie music industry and anyone who grew up watching Countdown during the 80's was saddened by the news of the passing of Wa Wa Nee's lead singer Paul Gray.

54-year-old Gray died on Tuesday of multiple myeloma, with his brother and fellow band member Mark confirming the news in a statement.

"It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce that Paul Gray passed away peacefully,"

"We would like to thank all the doctors, hospital staff, relatives, friends and fans for the overwhelming support given to Paul and our family while he heroically battled multiple myeloma."

Wa Wa Nee formed in 1982 and had a big hit with their debut single Stimulation, which peaked at number two in the Australian singles chart in 1986.

The band also charted in the United States with the song Sugar Free before breaking up in 1989.

The group re-formed in recent years playing events like the Countdown Spectacular and Pure Gold Live and also supported Rick Astley and The Human League on their Australian tours. 

Gray also worked as a keyboard player, musical director, songwriter and producer with artists including Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano and Bardot. 

ABC

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