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Australian radio broadcaster Tiga Bayles passed away April 17 after a long battle with cancer, according to Australia’s “Brisbane Times.”

The radio host was a longtime advocate for the rights of Aborigines, or the original, indigenous inhabitants of Australia. Through his work on behalf of his people, Tiga was a leader in giving a voice to the country’s Indigenous population on the air and in efforts to preserve their land rights.

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Keith paid tribute to Tiga via Twitter saying, “I wanna send my prayers and thoughts today for the passing of my mate Tiga Bayles. You were a front line champion of justice and put a lot of love in the world. RIP brother.”

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This tribute to his Tiga Bayles comes just days after Keith led an all-star cast of country stars in tribute to the late Merle Haggard at the annual All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville. Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and many more covered Merle songs with Keith backing them up. Proceeds went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s music education programs.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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