Benjamin Edwards died at the age of 87 on Thursday.
He had been ill for a number of years, including a year in the ICU.
“His health had deteriorated over the past year and we would like to thank his family and friends for their understanding and support during this difficult time,” Mr Edwards family said in a statement.
“He will be missed by everyone, and the world will miss him for his work, wit and spirit.”
Mr Edens career has spanned over the years, from his debut solo album in 1977, to a long career in the world of art and design, including in Australia, where he worked on the country’s first art deco mural in 1984.
The mural is still on display in the National Gallery of Victoria, and is the only Australian-made work of art to have survived to this day.
Mr Edward began working for his father’s company in the early 1970s and continued to do so for the rest of his life.
He moved to Sydney in 1976, working as a barber and was soon working for the ABC and the Melbourne Post.
He left the ABC in 1979 to work for the Herald Sun.
In 1986, he moved to Melbourne to work as an editor for the Daily Telegraph, and continued his career in Melbourne.
In 1988, he was named the city’s “most influential artist” by the Australian Arts and Cultural Foundation.
He also worked on Melbourne’s first major commercial mural in 1994, when he created a mural for the city-centre cityscape.
The murals were sold for $25,000 and the artwork was featured in the ABC’s Victoria magazine.
Mr Edwards’ most recent works include the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘We Are Australia’ mural in the city centre in 2017.
He will be remembered by his work as a talented artist, and his love of Australia and people, his friends said.
“We will all miss him terribly, his love for Australia, his work and his legacy will live on in our hearts and in our memories,” the family said.
His work includes a large mural for Melbourne’s new National Gallery, and another for the Melbourne Museum of Art.
“I want to say a huge thank you to all of my wonderful friends and family, the art world and the Australian public for being such a wonderful and caring community,” Mr Edwards said.