Crash here with some sad news to report, as there’s been a death in the Flashback Cafe family.
Divinyls frontwoman Christine “Chrissy” Amphlett died Sunday at her home in New York at the age of 53. Chrissy had battled multiple sclerosis since 2007 and breast cancer since 2010. Her husband of 14 years, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton confirmed her death with this statement:
Our beloved Chrissy peacefully passed this afternoon.
Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. She passed gently, in her sleep, surrounded by close friends and family, including husband of fourteen years, musician Charley Drayton; her sister, Leigh; nephew, Matt; and cousin Patricia Amphlett (“Little Pattie”).
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.
Best remembered as the lead singer of the ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Divinyls; last month she was named one of Australia’s top ten singers of all time. Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit “I Touch Myself” would be utilized to remind all women to perform annual breast examinations.
Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched.
The band’s commercial peak came in 1991 with the controversial-at-the-time “I Touch Myself” that reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Chrissy peered out of those heavy bangs that reminded you of another famous Chrissie (Hynde).