Sad news for metal family. Jill Janus, lead vocalist at Huntress, passed away at the age of 43, on August 14, 2018. Mental illness she was facing with in past years led to suicide.
Her band mates posted:
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.
According to several sources, Jill Janus was a trained opera singer. She sang in “Under the Covers” along with Dave Navarro from Jane’s Addiction, was a Playboy model, performed as a DJ, and played in “Chelsea Girls” along with Samantha Maloney (in most of these other projects she was called either Tuesdae or Penelope Tuesdae).
She also used the pseudonym Penelope Tuesdae when she was a topless DJ.
Janus had been open over the years about mental illness, in the form of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder and alcoholism.
Was also diagnosed with cancer in 2015, while Huntress were working on their third album, “Static”. She was later declared cancer-free, after undergoing a hysterectomy.