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Aussie musician Dutch Tilders dies, aged 69

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Dutch Tilders has died, aged 69.

According to AAP, the Australian blues singer and guitarist, who was born in the Netherlands but emigrated to Australia with his family in 1955, passed away on Saturday after a year-long battle with cancer.

His manager Lynne Wright released a statement in February saying: "Dutch Tilders has been forced to retire from his full-time career as an extraordinary gentleman entertainer, performing live Blues Music for 52 years.

"Sadly our General Blues Master can no longer sing due to the pain it causes to his diaphragm. Dutch is now homebound and in a happy place, walking very little and sleeping much more due his much needed dosage of medications.

"Dutch Tilders is nearing the end of his journey battling incurable cancer and is accepting of life's everything."

Tilders, who toured with stars such as Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, John Mayall and Taj Mahal during his career, recorded his final single 'Going on a Journey' after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

Earlier this year, Cold Chisel drummer Steve Prestwich died after failing to gain consciousness following surgery on a brain tumour, shortly after it was announced that Sherbet guitarist Harvey James had passed away from lung cancer.

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