Hello Sailor Front Man Graham Brazier Dies At 62

Publish Date
Friday, 4 September 2015, 12:40PM
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Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier has died just weeks after a heart attack forced the cancellation of the band's reunion tour.

A family spokesperson confirmed to the Herald that Brazier died this morning in an Auckland rehab facility where he had been recovering from the illness.

The 62 year-old suffered the heart attack while on holiday in the Bay of Islands in August and was flown to Auckland Hospital where he underwent emergency treatment.

The group's 40th anniversary tour had been due to start this month, but it was scrapped and a benefit show at the Powerstation on September 18 was planned to raise funds for Brazier's recovery.

At the time of the heart attack, Brazier's band mate Harry Lyon said the group had been looking forward to getting back on the road.

"I know that Graham was looking forward to the tour, we all were, but we wish our mate a speedy recovery and trust we can get Hello Sailor back on the road again in the future once he is better, " says bandmate Harry Lyon.

"We are all really shocked by this and because Graham will not be able to perform while he recuperates we have all decided to try and raise some money to get he and his family through a very, very difficult time," said promoter Brent Eccles.

Hello Sailor's 1977 song Gutter Black was used as the theme music for hit TV show Outrageous Fortune.

NZ Herald