AMSANT, the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, has released this statement in memory of Ruby Hunter:
“The Chairperson of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, Stephanie Bell, today extended AMSANT’s deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Aboriginal singer, Ruby Hunter, who passed away last night.
“Ruby Hunter holds a very special place in the heart of the AMSANT family,” said Ms Bell. “She and Archie attended our Youth Summit at Ross River and her leadership was an inspiration to all those who attended.
“Many of our people were also privileged to see her sing in the Territory with the Black Arm Band last year. She had an extraordinarily tough life: taken away from her family at the age of eight, and homeless on the streets by her teens.
“That this wonderful Ngarrindjeri woman was able to succeed and overcome such enormous odds to become one of Australia’s best loved vocalists is a testament to her strength and courage. On behalf of the AMSANT family, may I pay tribute to this beautiful singer of struggle and hope.
Our condolences and thoughts are with Archie, their children and her family and friends.”