Award winning Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter has passed away in the Northern Territory, aged 46, after a long illness.

Singer songwriter Dr G Yunupingu has died in Darwin, aged 46.

Dr Yunupingu was a multi-award-winning, internationally recognised artist, who lived in his home community of Galiwin’ku, in remote northeast Arnhem Land.

He was born blind, and grew up a member of the Yolngu Gumatj clan.

In recent years he spent significant amounts of time in Darwin for medical care, including an admission to hospital that highlighted the experience of remote-living Indigenous people in the health system.

Yunupingu died at Royal Darwin Hospital about 5pm on Tuesday. His family are expected to be offered a state funeral.

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