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Divinyls' Christina Amphlett dead: 'I Touch Myself' singer was 53

Christina Amphlett, the gritty lead singer of Australian rockers The Divinyls, best known for their hit "I Touch Myself," died Sunday at her home in New York, following a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.

"Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest," Amphlett's cousin, singer Patricia "Little Pattie" Thompson said in a statement. "With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women."

Thompson added that Amphlett hoped that "I Touch Myself" would "remind women to perform annual breast examinations."

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Amphlett is survived by her husband of 14 years, drummer/producer Charley Drayton, best known for coproducing Fiona Apple's Grammy-winning "The Idler Wheel..." album.

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