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Star of Men At Work is found dead at his home

Greg Ham, a member of the Australian band Men At Work whose saxophone and flute punctuated its smash 1980s hits, has been found dead in his Melbourne home.

Police said the death did not appear to be suspicious. A friend who found Ham's body said he hadn't been the same since 2010, when a court ruled that his signature flute riff from the song Down Under had been stolen from classic campfire song Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree. The band was forced to hand over a portion of its royalties.

Men At Work topped charts around the world in 1983 with Down Under and Who Can It Be Now? and won a Grammy that year for Best New Artist.

Frontman Colin Hay issued a statement expressing deep love for Ham (58), whom he met in 1972 when they were seniors in high school.

"We played in a band and conquered the world together," he said. "I love him very much."

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