Tristan Goodall, a founding member of ARIA-winning folk band The Audreys has passed away at the age of 48.
The musician died "peacefully" on Saturday, while surrounded by his family following health issues over the last two years, a representative shared with Double J.
No cause of death was shared with the publication, but Tristan left the band in 2020 due to health issues.
The Audreys singer and co-founder Taasha Coates shared the heartbreaking news on Facebook, writing, "As many of you know, in late 2020 The Audreys founding member Tristan Goodall was forced to quit touring due to ill health. I am very sad to have to pass on the news that despite our best hopes for his recovery, we lost our dear Tristan on the weekend. He was 48 years old."
She continued, "I have talked to so many people in the last few days who knew Tristan, and the outpouring of love has been overwhelming. He touched so many of us with his beautiful music, his big heart, his big hugs and his big goofy laugh."
Taasha shared how she and Tristan met in 1997 in Adelaide as university students "with silly dreams about touring the world with a band". She added that Tristan was playing in a rock band at the time, but the pair soon began playing and writing music together.
"We met and worked with amazing and talented people, we walked onto stages big and small together all over the world. It has been the most incredible adventure," she wrote. "25 years later I have to say goodbye to my dearest friend, my musical soulmate, and my grief is almost unbearable. Rest in peace my darling Tristan. We had a dream and we made it happen, can you believe that?
"Thank you so much for sharing that journey with me. I will miss you everyday."
The Audreys' debut album in 2006 Between Last Night & Us won the ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album, an award they would go on to win twice more in 2008 for When the Flood Comes and in 2010 for Sometimes the Stars.
After Tristan retired from playing live, he gave Taasha his blessing to form a new line-up of the band.
"It's time now for me to let go and say farewell," he wrote on Facebook last year. "I know The Audreys will be safe in Taasha's hands and ready for what comes next.
"And I know that if you’re reading this then you came to a show, bought a record, or at least heard a song.
"That means this music, the biggest part of me, is also the tiniest part of you. Cool, yeah?"
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