The Australia band the Divinyls became a big part of pop music history when their song, “I Touch Myself,” became a chart-topper around the world. The lead singer of the band was the eye catching and magnetic Chrissy Amphlett. And this week it was announced that the 53-year-old singer/actress/star has lost her battle with cancer.
“Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity,” her husband Charley Drayton said in a statement.
“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,” he said.
Chrissy Amphlett had breast cancer (which she announced in 2010), and also had multiple sclerosis (which she announced in 2007).
Along with her singing, she also had success as an actress. She had played Russell Crowe’s mother in the Australian stage production of the musical Blood Brothers. He went to Twitter and wrote,“Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That’s how I’ll remember you, your boy, R,” it said.