Joy McKean Cause of Death, the first Golden Guitar winner and wife and manager of Slim Dusty,

Joy McKean, the inaugural Golden Guitar winner who was also Slim Dusty’s manager and wife, passed away at the age of 93.

Her passing was reported by EMI Music following a protracted battle with cancer.

Her family was by her side as she passed away quietly.

Many of the most well-known songs by her husband Slim Dusty were written by the multi-award-winning composer and musician McKean.

For the song Lights on the Hill, she received the first Golden Guitar honor at the 1973 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Fanny Lumsden, a Golden Guitar and ARIA award winner, paid homage to the icon on social media.

As Lumsden continued to perform her songs in venues across regional Australia, she said that she would “draw strength” from McKean.

“Thank you, Joy,” she wrote.

Anne Kirkpatrick and David Kirkpatrick, McKean’s children, are still alive, as are four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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