The veteran star, who found fame in the 1970s fronting rock group Railroad Gin and the Carol Lloyd Band, passed away at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Australia on Monday (13Feb17). She was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in 2013.

"It's with great sadness to tell the world, @CarolRockChick (LLoyd) has died peacefully today in the care of the Wesley Hospital (Brisbane)," her manager Troy Armstrong wrote. "All my love angel."

Despite initially being given only months to live, Lloyd continued to perform despite undergoing rounds of chemotherapy, steroids and antibiotics.

Announcing her diagnosis on Australian radio station 612 ABC Brisbane in 2014 she said, "They're saying months not years and I'm saying 'Hey this is the fight of my life and I'm not going to lose it'... It hasn't got me to the point where I just can't sing anymore."

Her disease eventually forced her to give up performing, but she appeared on stage in October last year (16) at a benefit concert organised by her friend, musician Katie Noonan.

After news broke of Lloyd's death, Noonan wrote on Instagram, "Rest In Peace Carol Lloyd. A pioneering bad a** legend who paved the way for so many women like myself in the music industry."

Organisers of the Queensland Music Festival have named an award given to emerging musicians in her honour.