Margaret Urlich death: The Horses and ARIA award-winning singer dies at 57 after cancer battle

Margaret Urlich, the New Zealand-born singer famous for singing No.1 hit The Horses with Daryl Braithwaite, has died aged 57.

She had been diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago, and died at home in NSW today, surrounded by family.

The Horses, which topped the Australian charts for 12 weeks in 1991, was the biggest Australian hit she was involved in but Urlich was a star in her own right.

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Margaret Urlich in 1992.
Margaret Urlich in 1992. (Polly Walker, Sony)

She took out the Best Breakthrough Artist ARIA award in 1991 for her debut album Safety in Numbers.

Stuff reported she had solo hits with Escaping, Number One, and Burnt Sienna, before joining female vocal supergroup When the Cat’s Away.

The group went to No.1 across the ditch with Melting Pot and were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in December last year.

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“Margaret is a much-loved multi award-winning member of the Australian and New Zealand music industry who captured hearts around the world as a gifted singer/songwriter with a unique voice and sense of style,” a statement released by her management said.

“We thank you for respecting the privacy of her family and loved ones at this sad time.”

Nine entertainment editor Richard Wilkins described Urlich as a “beautiful and talented artist who blazed a trail”.

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