Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Australian group Divinyls, has passed away at the age of 53 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Her husband, Charley Drayton, released a statement earlier today about his wife’s death after her long battle with illness.
Charley said, “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest.”
Chrissy Amphlett, whose recorded the hit song “I Touch Myself”, had been in terrible pain the her final days.
Andrew McManus, the manager of the Divinyls, flew to New York to be with Chrissy in her final hours.
McManus said, “I spoke to Chrissy for a good half hour. She was in incredible pain and some of the things she said to me I’ll never forget. I’ll never repeat what she said, but it was incredibly sad.”
He also described her as “a true pioneer” and commended her for her bravery during her fight again MS and with breast cancer.
Amphlett announced her MS diagnosis during her 2007 tour, which she completed even though she was in pain. McManus said, “She performed every show, semi-crippled with MS, but as soon as she hit the stage, she completely forgot about it. Then, she’d come off stage and just collapse.”
The Divinyls number one hit “I Touch Myself” was re-released in 1991.
The band split in 1996, but Chrissy and fellow co-founder Mark McEntee continued to perform together sporadically after the break-up.