Her passing followed battles with both breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Often referred to as Australia’s “Queen of Rock,” Amphlett was best known as singer of such hits as I Touch Myself, Pleasure and Pain and Boys in Town.
In addition to her many appearances on Countdown, Spicks and Specks, RocKwiz, rage, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, she acted in the 1984 ABC rock series Sweet and Sour and the film Monkey Grip. She also played the rule of Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz musical and appeared in the musical Blood Brothers.
Amphlett talked about her battle with MS on Sunday Night in April 2012, a story which was recognised by the National Press Club.
Her cousin, Patricia “Little Pattie” Thompson said today:
“Our beloved Chrissy peacefully made her transition this morning.
“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 Thompson (“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 remind women to perform annual breast examinations.
“Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched.”