Kim Shattuck was a real force of nature. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist were best known for his performances with The Muffs, as well as The Pandoras from 1985 to 1991.
Kim Shattuck, the singer and guitarist of the punk rock band The Muffs, is dead. She was 56 years old.
Shattuck died Wednesday morning after struggling for two years against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), confirmed her husband, Kevin Sutherland, on Instagram.
“This morning, the love of my life, Kim, died peacefully as I slept after two years of fighting ALS,” he wrote in an article shared by Shattuck’s former friend, Melanie Vammen.
“I am the man I am today for her. She will live with us all through her music, her shared memories, and her fierce creative spirit, “he continued. “I love you forever my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life with me. ”
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Mains bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Roy McDonald also confirmed this tragic news in a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page.
“We are sorry to announce the death of our group member and dear friend Kim Shattuck,” they wrote. “In addition to being a brilliant composer, a rock guitarist and an extraordinary singer/screamer, Kim was a true force of nature.”
“In fighting against ALS, Kim produced our latest album, overseeing every part of the record, from tracking to artwork,” they added. “She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honor. Bye Kimba. We love you more than we could say. ”
Shattuck began playing in 1985 as a bassist and singer of the women’s rock band The Pandoras. It is in this group that he has also become very close to Vammen.
The friends finally left the group together in 1990 and formed The Muffs. Shattuck was the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist, while Vammen played guitar, bass, and keyboards. Over the years, several members have joined and left the group, including Vammen.
The group finally reached its peak in 1995 after the release of its second album “Blonder and Blonder”, but then paused and did not return to the music scene until 2004.
In addition to The Muffs, Shattuck has performed with several other bands including The Beards, The Dollyrots, NOFX, The Fastbacks, White Flag and The Pixies. In 2015, he met the Pandoras.
Before his illness, Shattuck was touring and recording with The Pandoras and The Muffs.
The latest album from The Muffs, No Holiday, an 18-piece project that Shattuck helped produce before his death, is due out on October 18th.