Stevie Wright, Frontman of The Easybeats, Dies at 68

Stevie Wright
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Stevie Wright performs in Melbourne, Australia in 2002. 

Stevie Wright, the frontman for Australian rock band The Easybeats, has reportedly died at the age of 68.

Wright, one of Australia’s most beloved rock stars in the 1960s, was taken to a hospital on the New South Wales south coast on Saturday (Dec. 26) and died on Sunday, Noise 11 reports.

A cause of death was not given.

Wright formed The Easybeats in 1964 and the group became one of Australia’s most popular acts soon after. The band’s best known song, “Friday On My Mind,” hit No. 1 in Australia in 1966 and went on to chart in other counties. The song was covered by Davie Bowie on his 1973 covers album, Pin Up.

After touring with bands like The Rolling Stones in the late ‘60s, The Easybeats broke up, and Wright went on to form the Vanda and Young, which produced hit song Evie in 1974, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Wright struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for decades, and later suffered from liver and kidney problems. He was a diabetic, the Harold reports.

Wright was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as a member of The Easybeats in 2005. His last performance was reportedly at 2009’s Legends of Rock Festival.