Vale Greg Ham

Staff Writer


Men at Work saxaphone and flute player Greg Ham has died today.

His body was found by a friend at his home in Carlton, Melbourne. Police were notified when a friend turned up at the house and discovered Ham's body.

Ham had only recently moved into the house, which he was in the process of renovating. Police have said there are several unexplained circumstances around his death, however have not elaborated at this point.

Greg Ham was 58 years old.

Below is an open letter that Men at Work singer Colin Hay has written today in memory of his friend and bandmate.



"I met Greg Ham 40 years ago, at Kim Gyngell's house in 1972. Last year of high school. He had blond hair, rosy cheeks, ridiculously bright eyes, and along with Gyngell, was the funniest person I knew.

He was sharp, real sharp. We were friends from then on, we liked each other. He lived for a while in Park Street in St Kilda, in a communal household, which was the best of times. The best parties ever.

Greg took up the saxophone and flute during this time, he was always practicing. He got really good. We shared countless, unbelievably memorable times together, from stumbling through Richmond after playing the Cricketers Arms, to helicoptering into New York City, to appear on Saturday Night Live, or flying through dust storms in Arizona, above the Grand Canyon, or getting lost, driving aimlessly through the Gippsland countryside.

We played in a band and conquered the world together.

I love him very much. He's a beautiful man.

The saxophone solo on "Who Can It Be Now", was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He's here forever.

I'm thinking about his family, and hoping they are receiving the love and support they need and deserve."

Colin Hay


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