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Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53

7:40 AM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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She was the lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls, whose hit "I Touch Myself" brought her and the group international fame in the early 1990s.

Chrissy Amphlett has died at her home in New York City, reports AP. She was 53.

Her musician husband Charley Drayton said in a statement that "Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis" on Sunday.

Amphlett formed the Divinyls in 1980 with musician Mark McEntee and Jeremy Paul.

The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with "I Touch Myself," which reached No. 1 in Australia, No. 4 in the United States and No. 10 in Britain.

In 2007, Amphlett revealed to fans that she had multiple sclerosis. In 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She remained positive throughout her illnesses and vowed to return to the stage in a post left on Facebook in March last year, reports World News Australia.

"My illnesses have really exhausted this little body of mine that I have thrown from one end of the stage to another and performed thousands of shows that sadly some of you missed," she wrote. "With that said I am getting stronger but there is still some fine tuning and work to be done on myself."

Among those remembering Amphlett is Russell Crowe, who tweeted: "Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."

Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

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