April 22, 2013 17:03

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies aged 53

'I Touch Myself' singer loses battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies aged 53

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Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of Australian band The Divinyls, has died aged 53.

Amphlett's husband, and former Divinyls drummer, Charley Drayton confirmed that his wife had died after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. The Divinyls were best known for their 1991 hit single 'I Touch Myself'.

Issuing a statement on the Australian Recording Industry Association's website, Drayton wrote: "Chrissy's light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest". The statement continued: "With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women. Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit 'I Touch Myself' would be utilized to remind all women to perform annual breast examinations."

Russell Crowe, who knew Amphlett after appearing alongside her in a 1988 production of Blood Brothers posted a tribute to the late singer on Twitter. The Australian actor wrote: "Dear Chrissie, the last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens... That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."

The Divinyls formed in 1980 in Sydney and recorded five albums between 1982 and 1996, when they split. In 2007 Amphlett announced she had multiple sclerosis and later revealed that she was battling breast cancer in 2010.

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