Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of The Divinyls, has passed away at age 53.
SPIN is reporting Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of The Divinyls has passed away at age 53 in her home in New York. Her husband has stated she was suffering from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
She is most famous for the Divinyls song “I Touch Myself” one of those incredibly catchy songs that also holds onto real rock credibility. In addition to that The Divinyls put out six full length albums most notably their self titled record and in later years Amphlett created a film-actress career. Her husband, musician Charley Drayton made this statement regarding Amphlett’s legacy:
Our beloved Chrissy peacefully passed this afternoon.
Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. She passed gently, in her sleep, surrounded by close friends and family, including husband of fourteen years, musician Charley Drayton; her sister, Leigh; nephew, Matt; and cousin Patricia Amphlett (“Little Pattie”).
Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.
Best remembered as the lead singer of the ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Divinyls; last month she was named one of Australia’s top ten singers of all time. Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit “I Touch Myself” would be utilized to remind all women to perform annual breast examinations.
Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched.