Men at Work’s Greg Ham, 58, found dead at home

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The body of Men at Work flautist Greg Ham was found shortly after mid­day Thurs­day (local time) at a house in Mel­bourne, Australia’s inner north. Ham was 58.

Police were told of the body after a friend showed up at the house to see how he was doing. They are try­ing to deter­mine the cause of Ham’s death.

With direc­tor John Fran­cis, he pro­vided orig­i­nal music for the four-minute car­toon short Tug Wil­son (1997), pro­duced by Australia’s Sur­real World studio.

Ham was born in Aus­tralia on Sep­tem­ber 27, 1953. Police would not con­firm the iden­tity of the man pend­ing noti­fi­ca­tion of rel­a­tives. How­ever, they said that he was a 58-year-old who lived at the house alone.

There were sev­eral unex­plained cir­cum­stances about the man’s death, said Detec­tive Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell, who would not go into detail. “There are a num­ber of issues we are try­ing to resolve as to how the male died,” said O’Connell, of the homi­cide squad.

A post-mortem will be held to ascer­tain the cause of death.

A friend went to Ham’s house, but there was no answer at the door. He came back with another friend and found the body in front of the house.

Linda Phy­pers, a close neigh­bor, said that he had just moved into the house a few months ago. Though some­what reclu­sive, he was recently at a bar­be­cue, she added.

He looked like he’d done it hard. He had lived just a bit fur­ther around the cor­ner, and I think Men at Work had their first record­ing there,” she said.

Ham was always pleas­ant to every­one on the street, although he had obvi­ous health prob­lems, said Phyphers.

He talked about that riff, and he was still pretty upset about that. But he was a good guy. He used to walk the streets a bit and looked a bit daggy [scruffy].”

Ham had been ren­o­vat­ing the cor­ner house, she added, a con­verted storefront.

A sec­tion of the street near the house has been fenced off with police tape, and many police were at the scene Thursday.

Foren­sic detec­tives weree at the scene. Pathol­o­gists were expected to attend later in the day.

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