She was one of Australia's greatest female rock voices, who shocked audiences across the globe with her risque image and lyrics.
Former Divinyls singer Chrissie Amphlett has died aged 53 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Amphlett died at home in New York surrounded by friends and family, including her husband Charley Drayton.
The Geelong-born musician shot to fame in the early '80s with The Divinyls, the band she founded with Mark McEntee and Jeremy Paul.
Her 'schoolgirl in fishnet stockings' hard rock image made her stand out from the pack, and the Divinyls soon had their first hit with the electrifying Boys In Town, featured in the movie Monkey Grip.
The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with the success of the single I Touch Myself, which reached No.1 in Australia, No.10 in the UK and No.4 in the US.
Also a talented stage actor, Amphlett played Judy Garland in the original production of The Boy from Oz, which won her a Helpmann Award nomination for best female actor.
The Divinyls reunited briefly in 2006 when they were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.
The following year Amphlett shocked fans by revealing she had multiple sclerosis. In 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Amphlett remained positive throughout her illnesses and vowed to return to the stage in a post left on Facebook in March last year.
"My illnesses have really exhausted this little body of mine that I have thrown from one end of the stage to another and performed thousands of shows that sadly some of you missed," she wrote.
"With that said I am getting stronger but there is still some fine tuning and work to be done on myself."
Her cousin Patricia 'Little Pattie' Thompson and family have released a statement, describing Amphlett as a true pioneer for women in music.
"Chrissy's light burns so very brightly," Thompson said in a statement. "Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest.
"With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women. "Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit I Touch Myself would remind women to perform annual breast examinations.
"Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched."
Tributes have been pouring in from fellow musicians and members of the Australian music industry. Jimmy Barnes tweeted: "RIP my dear friend Chrissie love you and will miss you."
Russell Crowe, who appeared on stage with Amphlett in the first Australian production of Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers in 1988, tweeted: "Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."
Arts Minister Tony Burke said: "Terribly sad news about Chrissy Amphlett dying after a long battle with cancer.
One of the all-time greats of Australian live music." Music critic and producer Molly Meldrum told Seven News she was a ground-breaking artist in the history of Australian rock.
"She was honoured with the Hall of Fame by ARIA, and if anyone really deserved such an award it was her because she was not only a pioneer of what she fought for with breast cancer ... but as the lead singer of the Divinyls (she was) one of the first female acts to really, really head a band in this country."