New wave singer Cristina Monet-Palaci dies from coronavirus aged 61
(Credit: ZE Records)

New wave singer Cristina Monet-Palaci dies from coronavirus aged 61

Cristina Monet-Palaci, known mononymously by her stage name of Cristina, has died at the age of 61.

Cristina, best known for her contribution to the new wave movement which boomed in the 1980s in New York City, worked closed with ZE Records and released four studio albums.

With releases such as ‘Disco Clone’, which was produced by John Cale, Cristina also earned success with her cover of Peggy Lee’s ‘Is That All There Is?’ and The Beatles’ ‘Drive My Car’ along with other popular singles of the time. After marrying Ze Records founder Michael Zika, Cristina would step away from recording music and focus predominantly on writing.

Her death was confirmed by Michel Esteban, co-founder of her label ZE Records, who wrote on Facebook, “Wake up this morning with this devastated news, dearest Cristina past away. So sad..”

Those closest to her have paid tribute, Joanna Pickering wrote: “Saddened at the death of Cristina Monet Zilkha she said she was sick last evening but not so worried as her lungs were clear and she always battled with underlying health issues so bravely. I can’t believe this sad news this morning. A rock star. I grew up on her music.”

She added: “I soon found she wasn’t just a rock star, she was a gorgeous, caring, super smart (incredibly wonderful to debate with), beyond generous and hilarious eccentric friend. Margaritas, taco dinner uptown. The infamous Christmas party invite, always her soirées or openings. One of the greatest lyricists for all these reasons. She was an inspiration when I was younger and fabulous through and through onwards. Sending love to her family and many mutual friends who she abundantly introduced me to. She will be missed. How sad. The world just lost a brightest light.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 2nd, more than 938,348 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 47,286 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.

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Saddened at the death of Cristina Monet Zilkha she said she was sick last evening but not so worried as her lungs were clear and she always battled with underlying health issues so bravely. I can’t believe this sad news this morning. A rock star. I grew up on her music. Hair in rollers fag in mouth and her Peggy Lee cover of Is that all there is belting out! I went to NY where we met! She read one of my first press interviews where I’d mentioned her as one of my favorite songs and we were connected. I soon found she wasn’t just a rock star, she was a gorgeous, caring, super smart (incredibly wonderful to debate with), beyond generous and hilarious eccentric friend. Margaritas, taco dinner uptown. The infamous Christmas party invite, always her soirées or openings. One of the greatest lyricists for all these reasons. She was an inspiration when I was younger and fabulous through and through onwards. Sending love to her family and many mutual friends who she abundantly introduced me to. She will be missed. How sad. The world just lost a brightest light. Big hugs everyone. ?? @rupertandedith can’t believe you won’t reply some nonsense to this. #cristinamonetzilkha #zerecords #superstar

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