Beloved 80s and 90s guitarist, bassist, and singer Kim Shattuck has sadly passed away at the age of 56 after a 2-year battle with ALS.
Kim was best known as the lead guitarist for the punk rock band The Muffs, but she also played with other iconic bands such as The Pixies, The Pandoras, and The Coolies. She also worked with NOFX, The Dollyrots, White Flag, and Bowling for Soup.
Kim’s husband of 16 years, Kevin Sutherland, publicly announced the sad news on social media yesterday.
He took to Instagram, where he posted a photo from their wedding day with the caption, “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 forever my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life…”
Melanie Vammen, Kim’s best friend and fellow bandmate in The Muffs, The Pandoras, and The Coolies, also used her internet service to let the world know of Kim’s passing, writing “My heart is forever broken” on an Instagram post.
Kim battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neurone disease (MND), for two years before she passed away in her sleep. ALS is a nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, weakening muscles and impacting physical function. There is no cure for the rare condition.
Before struggling with the illness, Kim had been touring and recording with The Muffs and The Pandoras. Kim also helped produce The Muffs’ most recent album, titled No Holiday, which is scheduled for release on October 18th. It will be the band’s first album in five years.
The Muffs was originally started in 1990 when Kim and Melanie Vammen left The Pandoras, an all-female rock band from the 80s. They are probably most recognized for their cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” which saw huge success when it was featured on the soundtrack for the 1995 movie Clueless.