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Men at Work's Greg Ham found dead

Versatile musician Greg Ham will perhaps be best remembered for his signature flute riff in Men at Work's global hit Down Under.

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Men at Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in a house in Melbourne’s inner north.

Police were called to the house in Canning Street, North Carlton, soon after midday and are trying to determine the cause of the man's death.

The body was found by a friend after he went to the house to check on the man's welfare and there was no answer at the door. He then returned with another friend and found the body in the front of the house.

Police outside the North Carlton house.

Police outside the North Carlton house. Photo: Joe Armao

The area has been cordoned off with police tape and there are a large number of police at the scene.

Police would not confirm the identity of the man as relatives still had to be notified, but said he was a 58-year-old who lived at the house alone.

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell said there were several unexplained circumstances surrounding the death but would not go into detail.

Men at work in 1983: Greg Ham, John Rees, Colin Hay, Roy Strykert and Jerry Speiser.

Men at Work in 1983: Greg Ham, John Rees, Colin Hay, Roy Strykert and Jerry Speiser.

"There are a number of issues we are trying to resolve as to how the male died",  Sergeant O'Connell, of the homicide squad, said.

A close neighbour said he had moved into the street only recently, and although he was a bit of a recluse he had attended a barbecue recently .  

"He looked like he'd done it hard," Linda Phypers said.

Greg Ham (left) with Colin Hay.

Greg Ham (left) with Colin Hay.

"He had lived just a bit further around the corner, and I think Men at Work had their first recording there."

Ms Phypers said that Ham had been renovating the corner house and was always pleasant to everyone in the street, although he had obvious health issues.

"He talked about that riff and he was still pretty upset about that", she said.

"But he was a good guy. He used to walk the streets a bit and looked a bit daggy."

A post-mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death.

Forensic detectives are at the scene and pathologists will attend later today.

A neighbour said the well-known musician had moved into the house a few months ago. He had moved from another house just around the corner where it is believed Men at Work rehearsed.

A section of Fenwick Street near the house, a converted shop front, has been fenced off with police tape.