Michael Gudinski, Aussie music legend, died from fatal drug cocktail

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Australian music legend Michael Gudinski's post-mortem has revealed he had 12 drugs in his system including morphine, oxycodone, and cocaine when he passed away at the age of 68 earlier this year in March.

Gudinski's death certificate was made public in court documents at the Supreme Court of Victoria and revealed he was also suffering cirrhosis of the liver, ischaemic heart disease, and had recently fractured his spine.

Michael Gudinski and Kylie and Dannii Minogue
Australian music legend Michael Gudinski's post-mortem revealed 12 drugs were in his system at the time of his death in March at the age of 68. Photo: Getty

It had previously been believed the music promoter had died from a heart attack in his sleep.

The post-mortem found a mix of drugs that included illegal, prescription and over-the-counter painkillers were in his body at the time of death.


The Mushroom Group issued a statement confirming the fact Gudinski was given medication to treat his injury before he passed.

"Shortly prior to Michael’s passing he had a fall that resulted in serious vertebrae injuries for which he was prescribed various pain medications," the statement read.

"The Gudinski family do not feel it’s appropriate to make any further comment about what is a private personal matter."

Michael Gudinski and Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran was heartbroken over the loss of his friend. Photo: Getty

Gudinski was known for launching Kylie Minogue's career and for bringing huge international artists to Australia. He was hugely loved by artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Madonna to name just a few.

Ed flew to Australia and quarantined earlier this year to perform at Gudinski's memorial. He also dedicated his new album to him.

The singer shared a lengthy tribute to his friend on March 5, saying it has been "so hard to put into words" how much Michael meant to him.

"Michael was a tornado of joy," he wrote. "You would know he arrived in the building just by hearing the chaotic bark of his, and you could feel the room get excited about the arrival of his presence.

"He was such a force, and would make everyone feel like they were the most important person to him. He had a way with words, that most people couldn't understand. We always joked he needed a translator because of the pure speed in which he would talk in a thick growling Aussie accent.

"But his passion was always the thing you never needed translating, as you could feel it whenever he spoke."

Michael Gudinski at a stadium
It was initially believed Michael died from a heart attack. Photo: Getty

The singer continued, saying how Gudinski was a "champion of up and coming artists" and would be as excited by a smaller artist as he would by legends like Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.

"His legacy is unmatchable and will live on for hundreds of years. To me, and many others, he is the heart of Australian music, and always will be."

He finished, "In between the tears, there has been laughter and joy, remembering this Titan of a man."

The singer's track 'Visiting Hours' features two of Gudinski's artists Kylie and Jimmy Barnes.

"There was there was lots and lots of talks over the years of me writing with Jimmy,” Ed said on The Project. "I’d met him a few times at Crown on late nights with Michael and Michael’s obviously always been Team Kylie and we’ve always hung out.

"I just thought it would have been fun to put them on the tune and they did such a great job – but it’s so it’s just so nice to have them all on that one song."

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