07:03 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 04/22/2013 10:05AM
Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Divinyls, whose hit song "I Touch Myself" made the group an international success, died at her New York City home on Sunday. She was 53 years old.
"Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity," her husband, musician Charley Drayton, said in a statement.
"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," he said.
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