NZ music icon Ray Columbus dies

By Aroha Awarau

Much loved Kiwi musician Ray Columbus has died today at 74.

Born in Christchurch, the ‘She’s a Mod’ hitmaker died peacefully at his home in north Auckland after a four-year battle with ill health.

One of the country’s most successful musical exports, Columbus was the first Kiwi to record an overseas number one single and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1974 for his commitment to music and show business. He also mentored many of our most successful entertainers.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda, his two children and three grandchildren. 

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