Tributes pour in for Ray Columbus
Fans of Ray Columbus and members of the music industry have taken to social media to tribute the She's a Mod hit maker.
The legendary 60s icon died at his home north of Auckland on Tuesday at age 74, after a four year battle with ill health.
New Zealand on Air, the country's broadcast funding agency, posted that it was saddened to hear the passing of the "trailblazer for NZ music".
Awww very sad. I hope you're in the clouds now. RIP Ray Columbus. X— Anika Moa (@Anika_Moa) November 29, 2016
"He was the first NZ artist to have a single at #1 in another country, he gave NZ some of our most iconic songs and was a mentor to many other Kiwi artists. Our condolences to Ray's friends and family. Rest in peace Ray, you legend," a post from the organisation said.
Audio Culture NZ tweeted an iconic 1960s photo of the star.
New Zealand's Music Hall of Fame also shared its sadness as Columbus' passing.
"A true legend of NZ music, not only a pioneer and consummate showman, but a vocal advocate for the local music industry, not to mention a wonderful person as well. Our condolences go out to Ray's family and many friends; you will be dearly missed."
And now Ray Columbus. To paraphrase The Doors, 2016 - Noone here gets out alive. #RIP— Jeremy Elwood (@JeremyElwood) November 29, 2016
Kiwi singer and television host Anika Moa also posted to social media following Columbus' death, saying, "Awww very sad. I hope you're in the clouds now. RIP Ray Columbus. X."
Actor and singer Shane Cortese said Columbus was a "true legend of NZ Music".
"Had the pleasure of working with him and being on the end of his support and advice. Whenever we sang Till We Kissed it was preceded by patter about those times we were in the company of Ray. RIP legend."