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Kim Shattuck, lead singer of The Muffs, has died aged 56

Kim Shattuck, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the The Muffs, has died at the age of 56 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Shattuck’s husband, Kevin Sutherland, confirmed the news after his wife was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. “This morning, the love of my life passed peacefully in her sleep after a two-year struggle with ALS,” Sutherland wrote. “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.”

Melanie Vammen, Shattuck’s former bandmate in The Muffs and the Pandoras, shared the statement.

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Fellow members of The Muffs, Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald, reacted to the news with their own tribute statement posted on social media. The band members called Shattuck “a true force of nature.”

They added: “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 extrordinaire, 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 honor. Goodbye Kimba. We love you more than we could ever say.”

Elsewhere tributes to the musician have started pouring in from the music industry following the news of her death. Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day, said: “So sad to hear the news about Kim. She was always so cool and tough. All my interactions with her were great. She was one of my favorite song writers. When we recorded dookie we listened to the first Muffs record constantly. We will hear that rock n roll scream from heaven.”

Members of The Dollyrots added: “Beyond speechless right now with this news. Kim, thank you for being our big sister in the scene, for always supporting our art, for singing on our records and playing shows together. Total heartbreak with this news. Everyone, play your Muffs records tonight.”

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