Kim Shattuck, The Muffs singer and former Pixies bassist, dies aged 56 – The Independent

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Kim Shattuck, The Muffs singer and former Pixies bassist, dies aged 56 – The Independent

Kim Shattuck, former Pixies bassist and singer and guitarist for The Muffs, has died aged 56. 

The artist had been through a two-year struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to her husband Kevin Sutherland, who shared the news on his private Instagram account. 

“This morning, the love of my life passed peacefully in her sleep after a two-year struggle with ALS,” he said. “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.”

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Shattuck launched her music career with The Pandoras, before co-founding The Muffs in 1991. They released their self-titled debut album in 1993, and reunited after a hiatus in 2004 for their sixth studio album, 2014’s Whoop Dee Doo.

She had a brief stint as bassist for the Pixies in 2013, joining the group on their European tour after Kim Deal’s departure. 

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52/60 LaShawn Daniels

Songwriter and producer LaShawn Daniels died 4 September aged 41. He was best known for his collaborations with producer Darkchild, and had songwriting credits on a number of pop and R&B classics by artists including Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Janet and Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Brandy and Whitney Houston.

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53/60 Carol Lynley

The actor, best known for her role as Nonnie the cruise liner singer in The Poseidon Adventure, died on 3 September at the age of 77.

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54/60 Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson, revered session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, died 5 September 2019, aged 76.

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55/60 John Wesley

John Wesley, the actor who played Dr Hoover on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died in September 2019 aged 72 of complications stemming from multiple myeloma, according to his family. His other acting credits included Baywatch as well as the the 1992 buddy cop comedy film ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’.

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56/60 Daniel Johnston

Influential lo-fi musician Daniel Johnston died in September 2019 following a heart attack, according to The Austin Chronicle. His body of work includes the celebrated 1983 album ‘Hi, How Are You’.

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57/60 Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek, frontman of new wave rock band The Cars, died 15 September at the age of 75.

Ocasek was pronounced dead after police were alerted to an unresponsive male at a Manhattan townhouse. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed, though The Daily Beast reports that an NYPD official said Ocasek appeared to have died from “natural causes”.

Ocasek found fame as the lead singer of The Cars, who were integral in the birth of the new wave movement and had hits including “Drive”, “Good Times Roll” and “My Best Friend’s Girl”.

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58/60 Suzanne Whang

The former host turned narrator of HGTV’s House Hunters died on 17 September. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and initially recovered, until the disease returned in October 2018.

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59/60 Robert Hunter

The lyricist, who’s behind some of the Grateful Dead’s finest songs, died on 23 September at the age of 78. His best known Grateful Dead songs include ‘Cumberland Blues,’ ‘It Must Have Been the Roses,’ and ‘Terrapin Station’.

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60/60 Linda Porter

Linda Porter, best known for her role as elderly supermarket employee Myrtle on the US sitcom Superstore, died 25 September after a long battle with cancer. She also appeared in series including Twin Peaks, The Mindy Project, ER and The X-Files

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Her longtime collaborator and former Muffs bandmate Melanie Vammen shared Sutherland’s post, writing that her “heart is forever broken” by Shattuck’s passing.

Fellow bandmates Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald paid their respects, calling her a “dear friend” and a “brilliant songwriter”. 

In a statement posted to the band’s Facebook page, they wrote: “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.

“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 Kim. We love you more than we could ever say.”

The band Veruca Salt wrote: “Heartbroken about Kim. One of the all time greats. How could anyone be such a brilliant pop songwriter, singer, screamer, and such a total punk-rock badass, and be so insanely cute at the same time? No one funnier or cooler. We love you, Kim.”

Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong called Shattuck “one of my favourite songwriters” and said he and the band listened to the first Muffs record “constantly” while making their own record, Dookie. 

“We will hear that rock n roll scream from heaven,” he wrote on Instagram. 

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