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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Nicky Yunupingu member off Yothu Yindi found death

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YOTHU Yindi band member Nicky Yunupingu, the nephew of powerful indigenous leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu, has died from an apparent suicide following a stabbing incidentthis happend just hours after the 26-year-old danced with his uncle for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Nicky Yunupingu, who played didgeridoo in Yothu Yindi, Australia’s best known indigenous band, danced shoulder to shoulder with his uncle Galarrwuy, for Mr Rudd and his ministers, who were visiting the Top End for a cabinet meeting on July 23. after the performance for the prime minister he had argued with his wife at Yirrkala, Galarrwuy Yunipingu’s wife picked him up walking alone on the road from Yirrkala to Nhulunbuy. Nicky Yunupingu visited a club nearby Ski Beach where Fairfax reported he became involved in a fight with a 23-year-old female friend. The woman, now in a stable condition in Gove District Hospital, suffered 14 stab wounds. Nicky believed the woman had died and took his own life. His wife found his body. A ceremonial funeral is¬†planned for the young dancer and musician, who travelled the territory using stories and songs to encourage vulnerable indigenous children to stay in school and stay healthy.

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