Australian police have ruled out foul play in the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham, whose body was found Thursday at his Melbourne home. He was 58.
Ham's body was discovered by friends who checked in on him. The state of Victoria's Homicide Squad subsequently started an investigation into the circumstances of his death. A post-mortem examination was completed on Friday afternoon. Although the results have yet to be published, authorities have now determined his death was not suspicious.
Ham played flute, saxophone and keyboards in the iconic Australian group, which had a global smash in the early '80s with "Down Under." He was a constant, energetic presence for the group, and perhaps its most recognizable member aside from frontman Colin Hay.
Former bandmate Hay today said Ham was "clearly loved" and was "a man with a golden heart," but he also hinted that Ham may have fallen on hard times.
"I don't really feel particularly comfortable talking about those things," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "We've all had demons that we've tried to exorcise over the years and Greg was like all of us," Hay said from the U.S., where he's touring.
"The last time I saw him was a few months ago and... it's a long-term thing. There's always a long-term thing for all of us, the issue of addiction I think."
In the first half of the '80s, Men At Work created a bank of international hits which included "Who Can it Be Now," "Overkill" "It's a Mistake" and "Dr Heckyll and Mr Jive."