The Divinyls Frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett Dies At 53

Sam Lansky | April 22, 2013 5:32 am

Australian singer Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the frontwoman of the pop-rock group The Divinyls, has died in New York after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.

The Divinyls released five studio albums between 1982 and 1996, when they split up. They made a splash in the United States and Britain with their 1991 single “I Touch Myself,” which — following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2010 — Amphlett said that she hoped would be used as a reminder for women to perform annual breast examinations.

In a statement posted on the Australian Recording Industry Association’s website, her husband (and former bandmate) Charley Drayton wrote that Amphlett died in her sleep, surrounded by loved ones. “With her force of character and vocal strength,” he wrote, “she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”

The Divinyls — “I Touch Myself”

[via Reuters]