New Zealand musician Margaret Urlich dies after cancer battle

New Zealand musician Margaret Urlich has died after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

A spokesperson said Urlich passed away peacefully on August 22 at her home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, surrounded by her family. She was 57.

Urlich was multi-award-winning member of the Australian and New Zealand music industry. She started off as the co-lead singer of New Zealand new wave band Peking Man, whose 1985 hit 'Room That Echoes' peaked at number one on our charts.

She then joined all-girl group When The Cat's Away in 1986 and scored another number one hit in 1988 with a cover of 'Melting Pot'. 

After embarking on a solo career, she was responsible for popular tracks in the late 80s and 90s such as 'Escaping' and 'Boy in the Moon'.

Urlich was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2021.