This icon was well-known and loved during the ’90s, and it was sadly announced yesterday that she had died on social media. Her husband posted a loving tribute to her, including an image of their wedding day and a heartfelt caption indicating how much she meant to him.
The former punk rocker was known for her role as a lead singer and a bassist, rising to prominence alongside her bandmates in the mid-’90s.
While Kim Shattuck and her bandmates formed The Muffs in 1991, they wouldn’t get their big break until 1995, with the release of the film, Clueless. The movie’s soundtrack included the band’s cover of “Kids in America,” which had a punk-rock, upbeat, devil-may-care attitude that was perfect for the era.
While Shattuck and The Muffs’ popularity rose throughout the ’90s, the ’00s wouldn’t be so kind. After their 2004 album slumped sales-wise, the band went into a hiatus for the next decade. In 2014, they returned with a throwback album titled Whoop Dee Doo, and had plans to follow that up with No Holiday on October 16 of this year.
Tragically, Kim wouldn’t live to see that album hit stores. After a two-year battle with ALS, Shattuck passed away yesterday. Her husband, Kevin Sutherland, broke the news on social media this morning.
Sutherland left a heartfelt Instagram post for Kim’s fans this morning, sharing an image of their wedding day. The caption reads “This morning the love of my life Kim passed peacefully in her sleep after a two-year struggle with ALS. 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. I love you always my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life with me.”
Shattuck’s friends and frequent collaborators, the Dollyrots, posted on their official Twitter account, memorializing Kim’s life and asking fans to play their Muffs records tonight in honor of the singer.
Veruca Salt, after hearing the news, tweeted out, “One of the all-time greats. How could anyone be such a brilliant pop songwriter, singer, screamer, and such a total punk-rock badass, and be so insanely cute at the same time? No one funnier or cooler.”