R.I.P. Chrissy Amphlett

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Australian rock icon Chrissy Amphlett has died today, age 53, after a two-year battle with cancer. The singer, formerly the frontwoman with The Divinyls, was surrounded by family and friends at her New York home when she passed. The exact cause of her death has not been announced, although Amphlett was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and breast cancer in 2010.

In 2011, the artist said she was in remission from the latter.

As well as being one of Australia’s best-known and loved singer-songwriters, Amphlett was also an actor on the stage and screen, even starring alongside Russell Crowe in the musical Blood Brothers in 1988, and was originally cast to play Judy Garland in the original touring production of The Boy From Oz.

Tributes from industry and fans are already flowing through online social networks Twitter and Facebook.