Germs bassist Lorna Doom has died

Doom's passing was confirmed yesterday by her old bandmate Don Bolles

Lorna Doom, the bassist in the Germs, has died.

Doom was a key part of the pioneering punk band, who were last active back in 2013. The band’s final line-up consisted of Doom, drummer Don Bolles and Nirvana and Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear.

Doom’s passing was confirmed by her old Germs bandmate Bolles, who commented on Facebook yesterday (January 16) that the musician had “left this mortal coil today around 1” after originally posting one word: “Lorna”.



Posted by Don Bolles on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Doom, AKA Teresa Ryan, first joined the Germs back in 1976. Belinda Carlisle, who would later become the lead singer of the Go-Go’s, was just one member of a band which regularly changed its line-up during its four most active years from 1976 to 1980.

The Germs’ sole studio album, ‘(GI)’, was released in 1979, but they were best known for their incendiary live shows, particularly at Hollywood venues.

The band disbanded after Darby Crash (AKA Jan Paul Beahm) took his own life in 1980, but reformed 25 years later – with the band being joined on stage by actor Shane West, who played Darby in the Germs/Darby 2007 biopic What We Do Is Secret.


The Germs played occasional live shows after 2005, with their final-ever show taking place at the Echoplex in LA in December 2013.


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