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Wa Wa Nee frontman Paul Gray dies aged 54

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Musicians and industry figures have expressed shock and sadness at the passing of Paul Gray (second from left). Photo: Facebook
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Paul Gray, the lead singer with 1980s Australian pop band Wa Wa Nee, has died at the age of 54 after battling cancer.

The musician had multiple myeloma and died on Monday, according to a statement from his brother and bandmate Mark Gray on the band’s official Facebook page.

“It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce that Paul Gray passed away peacefully on 24/04/2018,” Mark wrote.

“We would like to thank all the Doctors, hospital staff, relatives, friends and fans for the overwhelming support given to Paul and our family while he heroically battled Multiple Myeloma.”

Wa Wa Nee formed in the early 1980s and had a hit with their debut single, Stimulation, in 1986.

The song peaked at No.2 in the charts, and the group later charted in the US with the song Sugar Free

Wa Wa Nee's Paul Gray
Gray continued to perform long after his 1980s fame. Photo: Channel Nine

The band’s self-titled debut album went platinum before the band broke up in 1988.

Since then, Gray has worked as a keyboard player and a musical director for artists such as Tina Arena and Kate Ceberano.

Wa Wa Nee recently reformed to perform at 80s revival concerts and to support The Human League on their Australian tour last year, and Rick Astley a few years before that.

Australian musicians and industry figures have been expressing their shock and sadness at Gray’s passing.

Gray’s 1980s peer, Uncanny X-Men frontman Brian Mannix, described him as a “wonderful guy with incredible talent”.

“It doesn’t seem fair!” he tweeted