MELBOURNE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — 1960s pop idol Lynne Randell died in Melbourne on June 8th after a long illness.
Randell, 57, had been Australia's first pop teen star, releasing a hit single Ciao Baby and touring with The Monkees, on a bill which also featured Jimi Hendrix, and Tina & Ike Turner.
Originally born in Liverpool, she migrated to Australia at a young age. Signing first with EMI and then CBS Records, she released a string of minor hits.
Randell was beset by numerous health problems in the 1970s and worked as a personal assistant to music impresario Ian Alexander "Molly" Meldrum and then Seymour Stein of Sire Records.
Randell struggled with an addiction to amphetamines, sold as diet pills at the time which compounded her health issues.
She was found at her home on June 8th, dead of an apparent suicide, reportedly leaving notes and gifts for her loved ones. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers