Chrissy Amphlett, the sultry redhead who rocketed to fame with the 1990 Divinyls hit “I Touch Myself,” has died at the age of 53. She passed away Sunday (April 21) at her home in New York City.
“Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity,” says her husband Charley Drayton in a statement. “She always lived life to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
Amphlett announced in 2010 that she had cancer. Her multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 2007, prevented her from receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for the cancer.
Chrissy was born in 1959 in Australia. She met musician Mark Entee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980 and they formed the Divinyls. “I Touch Myself” was far and away their biggest hit, which charted No. 1 in Australia and No. 4 in the U.S. The accompanying music video was directed by Michael Bay, of “Pearl Harbor” and “Transformers.”
She also enjoyed a stage career in Australia, portraying Judy Garland in “The Boy From Oz” opposite Hugh Jackman.