Men At Work musician Greg Ham found dead at 58
Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said.
Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house but did not identify him by name, in keeping with local practice. Ham was 58 and neighbors said he was the lone occupant of the house. Two concerned friends who had not heard from Ham in some time found the body after going to check on him, police said, declining to release any details on how Ham died or if the circumstances were suspicious.
Ham was perhaps best known for playing the famous flute riff in the band's smash 1980s hit Down Under. But the beloved tune came under intense scrutiny in recent years after the band was found guilty of stealing the catchy riff from the children's campfire song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree. Down Under and the album it was on, Business As Usual, topped the Australian, American and British charts in early 1983. Men at Work won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
[Photo: AP, 1985]