The lead singer of a rock band that gained international success with a 1991 hit song has died. People magazine reports that Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls, died Sunday at her home in New York at 53.
Amphlett’s husband, musician Charley Drayton, released a statement saying: "Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity.”
He added: "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.”
People reports: “In 1980, Amphlett formed the Divinyls with musicians Mark McEntee and Jeremy Paul. The band would go on to release six albums between 1982 and 1996. In 1991, the single ‘I Touch Myself’ topped the charts, reaching No. 1 in Amphlett’s native Australia and No. 4 in the United States.
“A talented actress, Amphlett also played Judy Garland in the original production of ‘The Boy from Oz,’ World News Australia reports.”
Amphlett battled health problems in recent years, announcing in 2007 that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She revealed in 2010 that she had also been diagnosed with breast cancer.