Divinyls Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dead at 53
Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Australian band the Divinyls, died on Sunday, April 21, at the age of 53. The singer, best known for the 1991 smash ‘I Touch Myself,’ reportedly died at home in New York City following bouts with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
According to reports, the fact that she had MS meant she couldn’t receive chemotherapy or radiation to treat the cancer.
The singer’s husband, Charley Drayton, who played drums for the Divinyls, released a statement about her passing:
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.
The singer, who also acted in the original production of ‘The Boy From Oz,’ co-founded the Divinyls in 1980. While the band was often seen as a “one hit wonder,” since ‘I Touch Myself’ was their only major hit in the United States, their early punk- and New Wave-influenced material gained them a small following outside of their homeland. The band eventually split in 1997.
Amphlett still performed the band’s songs, supported by a 30-piece orchestra, as part of the Australian Rock Symphony. Her autobiography, ‘Pleasure and Pain: My Life,’ was released in 2005, and in it, she detailed her career, her battles with drugs and alcohol and her relationships.