Kim Shattuck of The Muffs dead at 56

Green Day, Pixies, and Waxahatchee among the musicians to pay tribute to the pop-punk artist.

October 03, 2019
Kim Shattuck of The Muffs dead at 56 Kim Shattuck (right) on stage with the Pixies at The Bowery Ballroom on September 20, 2013 in New York City.   Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Kim Shattuck of The Muffs has died, her band mates have confirmed. Shattuck was 56 and recently revealed that, in 2017, she had been diagnosed with ALS, the neurological disease also known as motor neuron disease.

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“We are very sorry to announce the passing of our bandmate and dear friend Kim Shattuck,” the Muffs’ Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald said in a statement published on the band's Facebook page. “Besides being a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extrodinaire, Kim was a true force of nature. While battling ALS Kim produced our last album, overseeing every part of the record from tracking to artwork. She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honor. Goodbye Kimba. We love you more than we could ever say.” The Muffs’ new album No Holiday is due on October 18.

Former Muffs bandmate Melanie Vammen said she her "heart is forever broken" as she posted a screenshot of Shattuck's husband, Kevin Suth, sharing news of his wife's death.

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Tributes to Shattuck have been paid from across the rock world following news of her death. Pixies, with who Shattuck briefly played with as a member of their live band, said they were "devastated" by the news. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, meanwhile, paid tribute to "one of my favorite song writers."



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The Muffs formed in 1991 and, prior to new album No Holiday, released six studio records. The band went on a break following the release of 2004 album Really Really Happy. Shattuck spent this time collaborating with artists including The Dollyrots, Bowling For Soup, and NOFX. She toured with Pixies in 2013 when the band reformed minus bass player Kim Deal.

Earlier this year, Shattuck and Vammen formed new band The Coolies and released Uh Oh! It’s...The Coolies EP. Proceeds from the project were donated to ALS research. You can download the EP here.

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Kim Shattuck of The Muffs dead at 56