Michael Gudinski to receive a state funeral after shock death at 68

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a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Michael Gudinski's sudden death has shocked the Australian music industry. (ABC News)

Michael Gudinski's sudden death has shocked the Australian music industry. 

Victoria will hold a state funeral for legendary music producer Michael Gudinski, who died suddenly this week.

Mr. Gudinski died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, aged 68.

Stars including Kylie Minogue, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Barnes, and Archie Roach paid tribute to the pioneer, who founded Mushroom Records in 1972.

Mr. Gudinski was just 20 when he set up Mushroom, and he went on to found Frontier Touring, bringing some of the biggest names in music to play in front of Australian fans.

He became one of the industry's most influential figures and has been remembered as a "passionate champion of Australian music", a "larger-than-life figure" and "always a music man".

He is survived by his wife Sue and two children.

Premier Daniel Andrews said Mr. Gudinski's wife had accepted a state funeral.

"I went and saw Sue last night and offered her and the family a state funeral for an amazing Victorian," he said.

"It will be a celebration of his life; the details will be finalised in the coming days.

"It's got to be COVID-safe of course, but I think we will be able to come together in an iconic venue and celebrate his life and the mark that he made and the legacy he leaves."


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