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Paul Grey of 1980s Australian pop group Wa Wa Nee has died at the age of 54.
The singer, who shot to fame with his band thanks to a string of hits including Stimulation and I Could Make You Love Me, had battled a rare form of bone marrow cancer called myeloma.
He was diagnosed with the disease four years ago and never managed to beat it.
Paul became a music director after Wa Wa Nee broke up in 1989 and worked with a number of musicals and tribute bands.
Human Nature, who he directed in his later years, confirmed the sad news in a statement.
"The world stopped for a minute this morning when we heard of the passing of our dear friend Paul Gray," said the band.
"Paul, your heart and talent were equally great and we loved knowing and working with you for so many amazing shows over the years — maybe the rehearsals were even greater cause we hung out even closer then :)).
"We knew of your fight and how brave and humble you were through it all but your untimely final bow is a sad and unexpected shock. We send our deepest love, our prayers and our sympathy to your family. We will always love and remember our times together mate xx."
His close friend Tina Arena, who worked with Paul for nearly two decades, also paid tribute to the late star.
"To have worked closely alongside Paul these last 18 years has been a privilege," she said.
"Paul was one of the funniest, smartest musicians I have ever worked with, and a friend.
"My heart goes out to his beautiful family, who he absolutely lived for."
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