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Noiseworks Founding Member Stuart Fraser Dies Of Lung Cancer

Lead guitarist and founding member of Noiseworks Stuart 'Chet' Fraser lost his three-year battle with lung cancer this weekend.

The musician was known for also working alongside the John Farnham Band for 25 years, as well as working with artists like Jimmy Barnes, Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and many more.

Fraser revealed he was battling lung cancer in 2017, a year after his initial diagnosis, telling the 'Daily Telegraph' he had been a "big smoker" for all of his life.

"Obviously I've stopped smoking, unfortunately, it took something severe to make me quit," Fraser said at the time.

Many fans and fellow musicians have been paying tribute on social media, calling Fraser "one of the nicest people you'll ever meet or play music with".

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Formed in 1986, Noiseworks was comprised of Steve Balbi, Kevin Nicol, Justin Stanley and Jon Stevens alongside Fraser. The group broke up in 1992.

The band recorded new music for their fourth studio album in 2016 but held off releasing anything following the news of Fraser's diagnosis. Earlier this year Stevens told the 'Newcastle Herald' the band would not release the album until Fraser's health improved.

"We did talk about doing stuff towards the back end of this year, but at the end of the day with Stuart, he's the main guitarist, so you can't go out without Stuart," he said.

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