A DEEP CONDOLENCE! Jill Janus, the frontwoman (lead singer) of Heavy Metal Rock Band 'Huntress', has died of an apparent suicide on Tuesday, August 14. She was 43.
The band official Facebook page took to their official Facebook page to announce that Jill, who was previously diagnosed with cancer in 2015, with “took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.”
The statement reads,
It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus — frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress — passed away on Tuesday, August. 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.
The post continued, "Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness".
The band further added,
Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.
Here's the post, check it out.
The band celebrated the late star's talent and collaborations with female hard rock cover bands like The Starbreakers and Chelsea Girls.
Jill also worked as a “co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae.”
Several friends and bandmates of Jill mourned her death on social media, including Lzzy Hale and Casey Wood.
Hale took to Instagram to share a photo of herself with Janus in which she also wrote about the late songstress' “struggles with mental health and addiction.”
Take a look!
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our peers. Jill Janus, has died today. Jill was very open about her struggles with mental health and addiction. Now, more than ever, spanning across Every age group, the suicide rate is extremely high. I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone. I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it but you...that’s ok! We need to Stop trying to live up to expectations that society places in front of us to make us feel Unworthy of love, beauty and success. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop trying to be “normal”. And we need to stop being quiet about our mental wellbeing. Asking for help doesn’t mean your broken. And if you don’t know how to ask for help that’s ok too, those of us who have a shoulder will let you lean on it! We are All in this life together. For those of you with the ability to lend a hand or and ear. DO IT! We have a responsibility to help each other, cuz everything we say, do and touch affects the whole race. We are all connected. And I’d also like to address how careful We need to be with prescription medications that doctors and people that we trust give us to try to fix us. Some side effects of these meds rewire your brain, to where even if you wouldn’t normally have suicidal thoughts, your brain actually starts thinking that it is logical...all due to meds. Please be careful my loves! To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here. My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.
Meanwhile, Casey Wood, who is Jill's former Huntress bandmate, also shared her grief to pay tribute to her with a touching post on Facebook.
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Rest In Peace Jill!