Note: The following article contains discussion of suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Lead vocalist of heavy metal band Huntress Jill Janus has sadly died at the age of 43.
Janus, who had reportedly struggled with mental illness over a number years, passed away earlier this week, her band confirmed in a statement yesterday (August 16).
In a moving Facebook post, Huntress confirmed that Janus had taken her own life, while reiterating that the singer was a fierce advocate for mental health issues.
“Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness,” it read.
Paying tribute to her musical career and accomplishments, the band’s statement continued: “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’ partner and Huntress guitarist Blake Meahl also paid tribute to Jill on Facebook, calling her death “painful” and ‘devastating’.
“Jill Janus and i 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,” Blake wrote.
“Baby, I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet. I miss you so much and will always carry a piece of you in my heart. See you on Aldebaran.”
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk).
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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