Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer and co-founder of the Divinyls has died.

The 53-year-old passed away on Sunday at her New York home.

Her husband Charley Drayton released a family statement on Monday, which said: “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest.”

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Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett has died aged 53

Amphlett, who was born in Australia, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2007 and breast cancer in 2010.

Former Divinyls manager Andrew McManus told New.com.au the singer had been in “incredible pain”.

He said: “I spoke to Chrissy for a good half hour. She was incredible pain and some of the things she said to me I’ll never forget. I’ll never repeat what she said but it was incredibly sad.”

The Divinyls had a number one hit with I Touch Myself, which featured in the 1997 Austin Powers movie International Man of Mystery.

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  • 2009 ARIA Hall of Fame

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Hall of Fame inductee Little Patty poses with Chrissy Amphlett (left) and Lisa Mitchell bakstage at the 2009 ARIA Hall of Fame awards at The Forum Theatre on August 27, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • 2009 ARIA Hall of Fame

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Hall of Fame inductee Little Patty poses with Chrissy Amphlett bakstage at the 2009 ARIA Hall of Fame awards at The Forum Theatre on August 27, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • 2009 ARIA Hall of Fame

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Hall of Fame inductee Little Patty poses with Chrissy Amphlett bakstage at the 2009 ARIA Hall of Fame awards at The Forum Theatre on August 27, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Divinyls & Chris Isaak Play Fremantle Oval

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

  • Emirates Stakes Day

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett poses with the Divinyls Handicap Cup trophy on the fourth day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2007, Emirates Stakes Day, at Flemington Race Course on November 10, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Simon Fergusson/Getty Images)

  • 2007 ARIA Awards - Arrivals

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Musicians Chrissy Amphlett and Mark McEntee of The Divinyls arrive on the red carpet at the 2007 ARIA Awards at Acer Arena on October 28, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The 21st annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards recognise excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music, and are a culmination of an events season which includes the ARIA Hall of Fame and the ARIA Fine Arts Awards. There are 28 awards categories, 26 of which are voted for by the musician's peers and 2 are a result of audited sales results. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

  • 2007 ARIA Awards - Arrivals

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Musician Chrissy Amphlett of The Divinyls arrives on the red carpet at the 2007 ARIA Awards at Acer Arena on October 28, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The 21st annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards recognise excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music, and are a culmination of an events season which includes the ARIA Hall of Fame and the ARIA Fine Arts Awards. There are 28 awards categories, 26 of which are voted for by the musician's peers and 2 are a result of audited sales results. (Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)

  • 'The Boy From Oz' Media Call

    SYDNEY, NSW - AUGUST 02: Singer Chrissy Amphlett performs at the media call for 'The Boy From Oz', a musical based on the life of 1970's singer-songwriter Peter Allen, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on August 2, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Hugh Jackman took the lead in the Broadway version of the show in October 2003, receiving the Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical in 2004 for his portrayal of the flamboyant boy from NSW, who helped define the disco era in the 1970s and '80s before succumbing to AIDS in 1992. The first ever 'Boy From Oz' production in Sydney ran from March 1998 to September 2005, and went on to become the most successful new Australian musical ever, with 'Dancing with the Stars' judge Todd McKenney in the lead role. Hugh will be joined by Chrissy Amphlett and Angela Toohey, reprising their roles as Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, in the touring production which will run from August 3 in Sydney until September 3 in Brisbane. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

  • "The Boy From Oz" Press Conference

    SYDNEY, NSW - FEBRUARY 13: Singers Chrissy Amphlett and Hugh Jackman pose during a press conference announcing a national tour of the Broadway hit 'The Boy From Oz' at the Hilton Hotel on February 13, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Hugh Jackman won a Tony award for his portrayal of Peter Allen in the show. Chrissy Amphlett will play Judy Garland. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

  • "The Boy From Oz" Press Conference

    SYDNEY, NSW - FEBRUARY 13: Singers Chrissy Amphlett and Hugh Jackman pose during a press conference announcing a national tour of the Broadway hit 'The Boy From Oz' at the Hilton Hotel on February 13, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Hugh Jackman won a Tony award for his portrayal of Peter Allen in the show. Amphlett will play Judy Garland. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

  • Hugh Jackman Cocktail Party

    SYDNEY, NSW - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Chrissy Amphlett attends the Hugh Jackman Cocktail Party at the Hilton Sydney on February 13, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stephane L'hostis/Getty Images)

  • Christina Amphlett Performs for Benefit for Bali Concert

    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Recording artist Christina Amphlett performs during the Benefit for Bali on November 19, 2002 in New York City. Proceeds from the benefit will support the victims of the Al Qaeda bombing of a Bali nightclub. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)