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Men at Work's Greg Ham found dead in Melbourne



gregham.jpgMen at Work member Greg Ham, best known for playing the iconic flute solo on the Australian group's 1982 hit Down Under, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday (April 19) at the age of 58, media sites report.

Victoria state police would not confirm any details of the death, or if the musician died of suspicious circumstances. His body was discovered after two friends who had not heard from Ham for a while went to check on him.

"There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred," Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters.

Men at Work broke up in 1985; Ham had spent recent years as a guitar teacher, according to

Though Men at Work is remembered for a slew of hits, lately it's Down Under that has been a source of haunting. In 2009, a publishing company claimed Ham's flute solo was lifted from Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, a well-known children's song in Australia. A judge agreed and the band had to pay 5 percent of past profits.

"It has destroyed so much of my song," Ham said after 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."

Not a chance, Greg.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:20am]


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