We are devastated to hear that Huntress singer Jill Janus has passed away from suicide. She was 43. The band confirmed their singer’s passing in a Facebook post:
“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. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.
Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was 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. Her musical career began in childhood.
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.
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.”
Janus’ former bandmate Casey Wood initially broke the news on Facebook, stating:
“I’m in shock and can’t stop crying. My X best friend, singer has left the world. She was the biggest sweetheart and I hope that her Legacy lives on as it should! You were supposed to be on your way back here Jill Janus. I love you I miss you, and my door is still open for you always. Rest in peace my sister”
Goddammit. Had the joy of touring with @JillJanus on @MayhemFest a few years ago. SUCH a powerful voice matched with an equally beautiful personality. It always gets better, my friends. Always. #FuckDepression
— Chris Kael (@5FDPChrisKael) August 16, 2018
Huntress released three albums on Napalm Records, the most recent being 2015’s Static. They appeared to be on hiatus. We send our condolences to Janus’ friends, family and bandmates during this difficult time.