Photo: Sydney Morning Herald
Wow. Even knowing about Chrissy Amphlett’s struggles with both breast cancer (2010) and MS (2007) over the majority of the early 90s, the iconic song I Touch Myself hearing the news of her passing today at age 53 is still incredibly sad and shocking.
Amphlett, who grew up in Geelong, Victoria, lived in New York with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.
The cause of her death is not yet clear.
In 2010 she revealed she had breast cancer but in early 2011 she said she was in remission.
In 2007 the charismatic frontwoman also revealed a battle against multiple sclerosis.
In March, she shared an insight into her health troubles via her official Facebook page.
“Unfortunately the last 18 months have been a real challenge for me having breast cancer and MS and all the new places that will take you,” she wrote.
“You become sadly a patient in a world of waiting rooms, waiting sometimes hours for a result or an appointment.
“You spend a lot time in cold machines… hospital beds, on your knees praying for miracles, operating rooms, tests after tests, looking at healthy people skip down the street like you once did and you took it all for granted and now wish you could do that.
“I have not stopped singing throughout all this in my dreams and to be once again performing and doing what I love to do.”
The Divinyls’ biggest hit was a must-see on MTV and VH1, and a must blast in the car classic and did indeed reach number one in Australia and was also a success in the U.K. and in the U.S.
You will be missed, you beautiful red-headed vixen. Rest peacefully, Chrissy…