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    Country music legend Slim Dusty dies

    Legendary country music entertainer Slim Dusty has died.

    Dusty passed away at his home at 9.46am (AEST) after a protracted battle with cancer, EMI marketing manager Chris O'Hearne told AAP.

    Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick at Kempsey, on the NSW mid-north coast, in 1927, he wrote his first song The Way the Cowboy Dies at the age of 10.

    A year later he changed his name to Slim Dusty and later went on to record a string of hits including The Pub With No Beer, the biggest selling record by an Australian.

    He was the first Australian to receive a Gold Record, the first to have an international record hit, and the first singer in the world to have his voice beamed to earth from space.

    In June this year, Dusty was recording his 106th album and at the time his management denied he was battling cancer.

    Dusty had his left kidney removed after a cancerous tumour was detected in November 2001 and received continuous treatment.

    His wife Joy, son David and daughter Anne were at his bedside when the 76-year-old singer passed away at his home in Sydney, Mr O'Hearne said.

    ©AAP 2003
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