Celebrated punk musician Kim Shattuck, lead singer of the Muffs, has died. She was 56.
Rolling Stone reports that Shattuck’s husband broke the news in a post on his private Instagram account on Wednesday, revealing that the singer had passed in her sleep after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “I am the man I am today because of her,” he wrote. “She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce creative spirit. I love you always my Kimmy.”
Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald, members of the Muffs, revealed in a separate statement that Shattuck had produced the band’s forthcoming final album, No Holiday, while battling her disease. “[She oversaw] every part of the record, from tracking to artwork. She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honor. Goodbye Kimba. We love you more than we could ever say,” they said. The record is due out October 18
Shattuck kick-started her career in the ’80s as a member of the all-female rock band the Pandoras. She later left the group in 1990 with longtime collaborator Melanie Vammen to form the Muffs. The band went on to release six studio albums.
The singer had also performed with bands such as NOFX and Bowling for Soup, contributing vocals to “Lori Meyers” and “I’ll Always Remember You (That Way),” respectively.
RIP, Kim Shattuck. Revisit the Muffs’ self-titled 1993 debut album here: