HUNTRESS frontwoman Jill Janus has died by suicide. She was only 43 years old.
Jill's family and bandmates have released the following statement:
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Jill Janus passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A longtime 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.
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.
Janus has been open over the years about her battles with not only mental illness, in the form of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder and alcoholism, but also physical illness in the form of uterine cancer in 2015 while HUNTRESS was working on its third album, "Static". She was eventually declared cancer-free after undergoing a hysterectomy.
Some of her musical peers have expressed their sadness over Janus's death on social media. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bass player Chris Kael said Jill had "SUCH a powerful voice matched with an equally beautiful personality," and former PRONG guitarist Monte Pittman writing that the news has left him, "speechless" and "shattered."social media to share their shock and sadness over
"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."