Divinyls Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dead at 53

The Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett died at her New York City home on Sunday after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.

The band was best known in the U.S. for their 1991 Top 10 hit "I Touch Myself." The group had four Top 10 albums in Australia, according to Gibson.

Amphlett's husband and Divinyls drummer Charlie Drayton broke the sad news to fans, "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."

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