Men At Work‘s flute player, Greg Ham, has passed away at the age of 58.
Ham was found at his home in Melbourne, Australia today (April 19) by two friends who hadn’t heard from ham in over a week.
Rolling Stone is reporting that Ham’s cause of death has not been confirmed and local police are refusing to comment on ton the situation. Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell, who is investigating, said, “At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we’re not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred,”
Men At Work achieved huge international success in the 80s with their hit single “Down Under”.
The track, and, in particular the song’s flute riff went on to become the subject of a long-running copyright dispute, with Australia’s Federal Court in 2010 finding it was taken from the children’s folk tune “Kookaburra”, written over 75 years ago.
Men At Work were forced to hand over 5% of the song’s royalties from 2002 and beyond to the owners or “Kookaburra.” Ham said about the ruling, “It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I’m terribly disappointed that that’s the way I’m going to be remembered – for copying something.”
Ham had also worked as an actor of a long-running Australian TV series While You’re Down There.