Chrissy Amphlett dead at 53

Former DIVINYLS frontwoman CHRISSY AMPHLETT has died at the age of 53.

The I Touch Myself singer passed away at her home in New York City on Sunday (21Apr13) with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, by her side.

Amphlett revealed she was living with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and she was dealt another blow in 2010 when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer.

A joint statement issued by Drayton and Amphlett's family reads, "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... 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."

The Australian star formed the Divinyls in the 1980s and the band released five albums between 1982 and 1996. They remain most famous for their international smash hit I Touch Myself.

Amphlett also dabbled in acting during her time in the band, starring in 1982 film Monkey Grip and appearing on stage with Russell Crowe in a 1988 Australian production of Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers.

After the band separated in 1996, Amphlett went back to theater, appearing with Hugh Jackman in a production of The Boy from Oz. She reunited with her bandmates in 2006 when the group was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame and they subsequently went back out on tour.

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