Germs bassist Lorna Doom has passed away

Drummer Don Bolles confirmed the news on Facebook.

Lorna Doom, the bassist of the short-lived yet influential punk band Germs, has died. She was 61. The cause of death is currently still unknown.

Drummer Don Bolles confirmed Doom’s passing in a Facebook status update that simply read, “Lorna.” He later elaborated in a comment: “She left this mortal coil today [Wednesday] around 1.”

Many musicians flitted in and out of Germs, but its principal members were larger-than-life singer Darby Crash, guitarist Pat Smear, Doom (real name Teresa Ryan) and Bolles. The band formed in 1976, and released only one studio album, 1979’s (GI), which was produced by Joan Jett. Germs imploded for good when Crash took his own life in in December 1980. Its remaining members later briefly reunited in 2007 around the release of What We Do is Secret, a biopic starring Shane West as Crash.


Though short-lived, Germs would continue to influence Los Angeles punk. A few of their members went on to develop successful careers in other bands: Smear joined Nirvana, and initial drummer Belinda “Dottie Danger” Carlisle fronted the Go-Go’s.

“Yesterday I lost a part of me, my best friend in high school and partner in crime in the early punk scene,” Carlisle wrote on Twitter Thursday. “She was a visionary and a trailblazer. She never compromised. RIP, Terry. I’m sure you can feel all the love.”

Other musicians like Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have paid tribute to Doom and Germs on social media.


RIP, Lorna Doom. Watch Germs perform “Manimal” in this clip from the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization:

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