Divinyls Lead Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dies at 53

Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls, died at her home in New York City on Sunday. She was 53 years old.

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Chrissy Amphlett was an icon of Australian music renowned for her distinctive singing voice as well as edgy stage performances clad in school uniforms and fishnet stockings, CTVnews reports.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1959, in Geelong city in Victoria state, cousin of 1960s Australian pop star Patricia Amphlett, known as "Little Pattie," who was at her New York bedside on Sunday.

Amphlett met musician Mark McEntee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980 and the pair formed the Divinyls.

The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with the success of the single "I Touch Myself," which reached No. 1 in Australia, No. 4 in the United States and No. 10 in Britain.

The band reformed briefly in 2006. Amphlett announced in 2007 that she had multiple sclerosis and in 2010 that she had cancer.

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    what's even worse is that she's been dead since April 22nd and this is only just getting reported. a legend and definately a torch bearer for rockin' women
    I know, you'd think a website dedicated to music would be on top of the death of a legendary rocker and an inspiration to women in rock. Probs cause she's Aussie and if it's not ACDC people just forget about us
    I was shocked when I couldn't find it on here. She was very talented and I think she deserves to have her name well-known all over.
    Very quick reporting, UG. While you're at it... BREAKING NEWS: Legendary metal singer, Ronnie James Dio, died.
    Top-notch, up-to-the-minute reporting from UG! She died 2 weeks ago.
    I love how the article didn't even mentioned the day of her death in order to hide the fact that it's been 2 weeks since her death, lol. Anyway, RIP.
    I was the one that sent this article to them. I was surprised when I couldn't find it on here. It's such a shame how some talented people die and places like this don't give a shit. I wanted her name to be known.
    RIP.I kinda like this song.It makes me laugh an ex girlfriend sang this while dancing stupidly one night.Brings a smile to my face whenever i hear it.
    Even though they're largely considered a one-hit wonder, Divinyls were a really cool OZ band, a lot of their catalogue is plagued with 80's gated reverb drums but the songs are there. RIP Chrissie.