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."
The funnyman was the toast of the Australian TV prizegiving in Melbourne after receiving the evening's highest honour, the Gold Logie, which is presented to the country's most popular personality.
News of his win was posted online before the stars had even walked the red carpet, but Blake was unaware of his triumph, insisting, "Ultimately all that information was kept from me so it was a genuine surprise. I'm glad too because I am not a great actor."
Also receiving major accolades were Ben Rafter's Hugh Sheridan and Offspring's Asher Keddie, who both walked away with Silver Logies for Most Popular Actor and Actress, respectively.
The Slap star Melissa George took home the prize for Outstanding Actress and Rob Carloton of the Paper Giants took home the same award in the male category.
Rapper Flo Rida and singer Seal provided the entertainment for the evening, while Sir Elton John and Delta Goodrem took the stage to pay tribute to music personality Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, who suffered a severe head injury during a fall in December (11).
The Rocket Man said, "I know I speak for many artists and music lovers around world when I say thank you, there's no one like you," while Goodrem added, "I refer to Molly as the Godfather, he always watches over me and many other artists."
British boy band One Direction closed out the ceremony with a rendition of One Thing.