Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, Roxy Music legend Brian Eno and rocker Joe Perry are among the stars who have offered tributes to singer Chrissy Amphlett following her death on Sunday (21Apr13). The former Divinyls frontwoman passed away at her home in New York City after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, and her loss has prompted an outpouring of messages from her famous friends and fans.
Crowe appeared on stage with Amphlett in a 1988 Australian production of Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, and he recalled the last time he saw his friend during a meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "RIP Chrissie Amphlett (sic), played my mum in Blood Brothers,1988... Dear Chrissie (sic), The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."
Eno adds, "RIP Chrissy Amphlett, lead vocalist with The Divinyls" while Madden writes, "Much love, respect & wishes for Chrissy Amphlett. Sending my heart out to your friends & family. A very beautiful soul. Rest in Peace."
Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes adds, "RIP my dear friend Chrissie (sic) love you and will miss you," and Aerosmith star Perry writes, "To family and fans my condolences go out to Chrissy Amplett (sic) of Australia's rock band the Divinyals (sic)."
Fellow Australian singer, Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas, mourned the loss of a music icon, adding, "Just heard the news Australian female musical icon Chrissy Amphlett lost her battle with cancer today. I feel blessed to have met such a strong, fierce female, who paved the way for bada** rock & roll everywhere, forever. RIP."
Another Australian pop star, Delta Goodrem, adds, "Australia has lost one of its great voices with the passing of Chrissy Amphlett, much respect."
Aussie music mogul Ian 'Molly' Meldrum was a longtime friend of Amphlett and her drummer husband Charley Drayton and he has also expressed his grief following her passing. He says, "It's devastating news. I absolutely adored her. Right at the start of her career with the Divinyls she also terrified me... We became good friends... I was friends with her mother as well. Chrissy was just such a wonderful person and so, so talented. It's incredibly sad news."