Friends of world acclaimed Indigenous artist Dr G Yunupingu say he spent his last days before going into hospital living at an itinerant camp surrounded by people drinking on a Darwin beach.
The Arnhem Land musician and singer died in the Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with kidney and liver disease following childhood hepatitis B.
His lifelong friend and colleague from Darwin’s music scene, Vaughan Williams, has told the ABC he was horrified at the state of poor health he found Dr Yunupingu in at the beach camp last Wednesday.
He said he had been called by a health worker that day, who was worried Dr Yunupingu had missed a series of renal dialysis appointments, and was asked to find him.
“When I found him in this camp I was absolutely appalled at the state he was in because I’d known him since he was a teenager,” Mr Williams said