Max Merritt Death – Dead | Singer Max Merritt Obituary – Passed Away

Max Merritt Death

Singer Max Merritt Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away

Max Merritt Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Max Merritt.

To most New Zealanders, Max Merritt – who died overnight aged 79 – is best known for ‘Slipping Away’, a Kiwi anthem from the mid-1970s. But his career stretches all the way back to the very beginning of rock and roll in New Zealand.

Saddened over the passing of rock legend Max Merritt who passed away over night in the US, he had some excellent hits. Thanks for the music Max, my your soul Rest In Peace

Australian rock legend Max Merritt has passed away today at the age of 79 after a long battle with his failing health.
Best known for his songs “Slipping Away” and “Western Union Man”.

Long time friend and personal manager, Wal Bishop said, “Max had been on dialysis three days every week since he fell ill 13 years ago”.

Max had been diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome which is a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the lungs and kidneys.
In 2007 artists like Daryl Braithwaite, John Paul Young, James Reyne and Ross Wilson came together for a concert to raise money for the man they greatly admired. They raised 200 thousand dollars.
Max Merritt is survived by his daughter Kelli, son Josh and three grandchildren. (photo: Max with Grand WaZoo’s John Montesante rehearsing at a gig at the Rainbow Hotel, Melbourne in 2001).

Today we remember Max Merritt. The ARIA Hall of Fame artist has passed away age 79. Born in New Zealand Merritt made Australia home, and will forever be remembered for his hits “Slippin Away” and “Western Union Man” with his band the Meteors. Rest easy Max

R.I.P. Max Merritt (1941-2020)
Maxwell James Merritt was born in Christchurch 30 April 1941. He became a singer-songwriter and guitarist, renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. As leader of Max Merritt & The Meteors his best known hits are “Slippin’ Away”, which reached No.2 on the 1976 Australian singles charts and “Hey, Western Union Man” which reached No.13.
Max rose to prominence in NZ from 1958 and relocated to Sydney in Dec 1964. He was in London in 1971 and his group played the pub circuits. He relocated to Nashville in 1977 and signed as a solo artist.

He returned to Australia, making it his home base and Max Merritt & The Meteors were in demand from 2001 for special events and music festivals such as the Melbourne Music & Blues Festival, the Perth Moonlight Festival, the Veterans Games in Alice Springs, the Queenscliff Festival and the Toyota Muster in Gympie. In April 2006, the group appeared at the Byron Bay Blues Festival and the Gladstone Harbour Festival.

In mid-April 2007, Max was admitted to a LA hospital suffering kidney failure. He was diagnosed as having Goodpasture’s syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the kidneys and lungs.

He died yesterday in US aged 79. His death comes less than two weeks after Skyhooks founding member Peter Starkie died after falling off a ladder in Melbourne.

Vale Max Merritt My friend, you were one of this industry’s true gentleman. A wonderful passionate human being, a brilliant musician and performer. The planet is a lot poorer today. I will think of the few jams we had when Denzil and I perform a small tribute to you this evening. I’ve seen you pop in to watch some of our home concerts and I hope you would approve.

RIP Max Merritt. I saw him & the Meteors (Bob, Stewie, Yuk) at The Thumping Tum & they inspired me to believe there was a future for me in music. They were older, were soulful, cld really play. Later it was gr8 to get to know him on the LWTTT tour.

Can 2020 get any worse . Just heard Max Merritt has died . Slippin Away came out in the mid 1970s . 45 years later it’s a classic . The greatest song in the history of Australian music . imho .

Every single news item I’ve seen this morning about Max Merritt’s death has described him as an ‘Aussie music icon’ or ‘Aussie legend’. Max was one of NEW ZEALAND’s greats. He was based in Australia for many years but he was still one of ours. RIP Max.

So very sad to hear that Max Merritt passed away. Max was a legend of the New Zealand and Australian music scene and we were so so lucky enough to have him on RocKwiz when he came back on tour a decade ago.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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