KIM Shattuck, the co-founder and lead singer of punk band The Muffs, has died at the age of 56, the band confirmed on Wednesday.
Shattuck, who also contributed to bands the Pixies and NOFX, died two years after being diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS.
Kim Shattuck, co-founder and lead singer of punk band The Muffs, has died after battle with debilitating ALS[/caption]
Her husband Kevin Sutherland announced the sad news on social media.
He said: “This morning, the love of my life passed peacefully in her sleep after a two-year struggle with ALS.
“I am the man I am today because of her. She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce, creative spirit.”
Shattuck co-founded The Muffs in Southern California in 1991.
Her husband Kevin Sutherland announced the sad news on social media[/caption]
The band was best known for their cover of Kim Wilde’s Kids In America, which featured on the soundtrack of 1995 comedy Clueless.
Other hits including Lucky Guy and Sad Tomorrow.
The Muffs’ surviving members Roy McDonald and Ronnie Barnett said in a statement: “We are very sorry to announce the passing of our bandmate and dear friend Kim Shattuck.
“Besides being a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extraordinaire, Kim was a true force of nature.
Shattuck (centre) also contributed to bands the Pixies and NOFX, and died two years after being diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS.[/caption]
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“While battling ALS Kim produced our last album, overseeing every part of the record from tracking to artwork.
“She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honour. Goodbye Kimba. We love you more than we could ever say.”
Shattuck’s death comes weeks before The Muffs were due to release No Holiday, their first album in five years.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
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