Huntress lead singer Jill Janus has died after a long struggle with mental illness, her family said.
Her family and band paid tribute to the 43-year-old, who was open about her battle with depression.
Blake Meahl, founding member of the trash metal band, said on Facebook he and Jill “spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress.
"The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion i have ever experienced. I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet."
A statement from her publicist praised Jill's openness about her struggles with mental health: "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,” the statement reads. “She will be missed more than she could have ever known.”
Jauns was diagnosed with bipolar disease aged 20, revealing to that she struggled through high school after starting to show signs at 13.
Her body was found in Portland, Oregon.
Huntress, who toured with bands including Motorhead and Lamb of God, was founded in 2009. Previously Jill sang in The Starbreakers.
Her struggles with bi-polar disorder almost caused the end of the band this year but they returned for a hit tour.
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