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First published July 2017

60's singer, Lyn Barnett, passed away in Sydney in February 2017 - in tragic circumstances.

Click here to view the Daily Telegraph's story of Lyn's death

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Very sad news.  I can’t remember if my sister and I ever met Lyn or did any shows with her in the 1960s, but I would like to convey my heartfelt sympathies to her family at this sad time. – Judy Donaldson
Was so saddened to hear of the death of Lyn Barnett and under such tragic circumstances.  I first met Lyn when she was riding high on the NZ Charts she was the top female performer at the time, Lyn appeared with The Saints Band with Phil Garland and myself in Christchurch.  She was the special guest star.  Our paths crossed again without running into each other early 1964.  Lyn was touring the North Island on a Jim Haddleton Spectacular Show when she had to return home because of a death in her family.  On the recommendation from Max Merritt & The Meteors I took her place and that was the beginning of my career.  In Sydney Lyn shared an apartment with myself and my friend and personal assistant for a short time in Potts point.  Lyn performed shows around Sydney and appeared on Australian major television shows but our careers took separate paths.  My deepest sympathy to her family and friends and her fans, saddened by the fact that she was one of New Zealand's first female pop stars adored by many but in her later life just wanted to be alone, a recluse.  Rest In Peace Lyn Barnett.  May Your Star Still Shine Brightly - Dinah Lee
It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Lyn.  I have, a number of times over the years, tried to look her up on Facebook to see if she was active there, so that I might make contact and say hello from a very old friend.  To pass away friendless is the ultimate tragedy for one so full of life as a young woman.  I was her first boyfriend.  I treasure that honour and retain lasting memories of our brief time together, so many years ago.  May your soul rest in peace my dear girl. - Ian Hull-Brown
R.I.P Lyn Barnett - Dave Duffell
Sad news - Tiger Larry Purdie
So sad to feel so alone at the end – a very warm lovely person with great stage presence – Terry Rouse
I shared a flat with Lynn and Aussie singer Lisa Ryan at Centenial park in Sydney in about 1968/69, and worked with her often in N.Z.  R.I.P. Lynn - Ralph Cohen
(email me your tribute to Lyn and I'll add it in -


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