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Divinyls Star Chrissy Amphlett dies of cancer

Posted by: Ned Franklin | 22 April, 2013 - 4:21 PM

Australian music legend Chrissy Amphlett has died of cancer aged 53 in New York.

The lead singer from the Divinyls was born in Geelong and in 2006 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Amphlett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and told Fairfax at the time the diagnosis had "thrown her for six".

"I'll get over it - I've got songs to sing, I've got stages to perform on. I'm a keep-on-going sort of girl,'' she said.

Because of her multiple sclerosis, Amphlett had said she was unable to receive radiation treatment for the cancer.

''It's shit and it's unfair, but life is not fair - even rock stars get breast cancer. But there've been many girls before me who have dealt with it successfully. It's easy to feel sorry for me but I feel sorry for people who are suffering it alone,'' she said.

LISTEN: Denis Walter, who went to High school with Chrissy, speaks to her in 2009

Australian music historian Glenn A. Baker spoke to Tom Elliott this afternoon, saying her death came as a complete surprise.

"Like so many formidable rockers, she seemed indestructible," he said.

"As every sort of young drunken lad who went to a gig and decided to give her some lip in the front row discovered, by the end of the first song they were usually cowering behind the mixing desk wondering what had hit them."

When Amphlett arrived on American shores, Baker said she took the US music scene by storm.

"To Americans, girl singers didn't act like that.  Girl singers were ornamental and gentle.  You might have had Janis Joplin, but apart from her, you didn't have females who came on like a locomotive train like Chrissy did."

Amphlett also proved to be a hit on stage, starring in the musical A boy from Oz and Blood Brothers, alongside Russell Crowe.

Amphlett lived in New York with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.

- With 3AW News


LISTEN: Music Historian Glenn A Baker says Amphlett was one of a kind

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Chrissy Amphlett best female singer ever

    col Tuesday 23 April, 2013 - 8:48 AM
  • GOD Bless you Chrissy thank you for the music Rest In Peace

    Mark Tuesday 23 April, 2013 - 8:34 AM
  • Not even our worst enemy deserves in their life time to be faced with one of these tragic diseases. Heaven has gained a beautiful singing angel, R.I.P. CHRISSY.

    Jillian Tuesday 23 April, 2013 - 8:16 AM
  • R.I.P Chrissy
    Australias original rock chick
    A great loss

    Graeme Tuesday 23 April, 2013 - 7:28 AM
  • RIP Chrissy
    A true original

    Greg Tuesday 23 April, 2013 - 6:13 AM
  • So sad you are gone Chrissy. Thank you for your wonderful music & the inspiration it gave to us. RIP. You will be missed.

    Cheryl Monday 22 April, 2013 - 10:49 PM

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