RIP Chrissie Amphlett 1959 - 2013 Aussie Music Legend
AUSTRALIAN rock singer Chrissy Amphlett has lost her battle with breast cancer.
Amphlett, aged 53, passed away in her adopted home of New York with husband Charley Drayton.
The singer, who fronted rock band Divinyls, had fought breast cancer as well as suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
She was also Australia's first rock chick.
Her cousin, Patricia 'Little Pattie' Thompson and family have released the following statement.
“Our beloved Chrissy peacefully made her transition this morning. 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 Thompson ("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 remind women to perform annual breast examinations. Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched."
Many of you may not know who she is but you'll possibly know this song from her days in the Divinyls