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Lismore floods: Beloved country singer 'icon' identified among the dead

An Australian country music singer from Lismore has been identified as one of the women who died in the wake of the devastating floods in NSW.

At least three confirmed deaths had been recorded in the flood crisis in the northern town of Lismore by Wednesday afternoon.

One of the victims was identified as Marge Graham, a prominent country music singer and broadcaster.

Tributes have been shared to social media in the wake of Ms Graham's death, where many highlighted her achievements throughout her career, including the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA).

"The CMAA is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Northern NSW country music performer, broadcaster, promoter, and event organiser Marge Graham," the tribute shared to Facebook said.

Country music singer Marge Graham has died in the Lismore floods. Source: Facebook
Country music singer Marge Graham has died in the Lismore floods. Source: Facebook

"We’d like to extend our thoughts and well-wishes to Marge’s family and friends during this very sad time, and to all those who have been affected by the terrible floods in Qld and NSW. Please stay safe."

Fellow country music singer Reg Poole OAM also paid tribute to Ms Graham, saying her death was "very sad news".

Flood victim described as 'Lismore icon'

One of Ms Graham's close friends, Josh Powell-Fussell, spoke to the Northern Star and said she was very compassionate.

"Marge Graham was a selfless person who improved the experience and careers of many budding Country Music Artists in the Northern Rivers and beyond,” he said.

Susan Mills described Ms Graham as a "surrogate mother".

"Most people know her as a country music star and she’s a Lismore icon, but for us we knew her as family," she told The Northern Star.

Flooded streets in Lismore , NSW, Wednesday , March 2, 2022.
Interstate emergency service volunteers are on their way to northern NSW amid disastrous flooding, while Sydney braces for torrential rain that could lead to more inundation. Source: AAP (AAPIMAGE)

Another woman aged in her 80 in Lismore was confirmed dead on Tuesday, while NSW Police confirmed on Wednesday a body of a male was recovered in Lismore.

"We've recovered a third body this morning," NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole told reporters on Wednesday.

"That was a male in the CBD of Lismore.

"This is terrible ... one life lost is too many."

Another man who disappeared in floodwaters in Lismore on Sunday is presumed dead, while a man died on the Central Coast on Friday.

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