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Germs Bassist Lorna Doom Dies

Billboard logo Billboard 1/17/2019 Katie Atkinson
a man holding a guitar: Lorna Doom of The Germs © Noel Vasquez/Getty Images Lorna Doom of The Germs

Lorna Doom, bassist for seminal Los Angeles punk band the Germs, has died. The news was confirmed on Facebook by onetime Germs drummer Don Bolles.

The musician, born Teresa Ryan, joined singer Darby Crash and guitarist Pat Smear in the Germs in 1977. The band released just one album -- 1979's (GI) -- before Crash committed suicide in 1980, though their legacy had already been cemented in the punk scene. The surviving members of the band played together here and there until 1990 (with Smear of course joining Nirvana as a touring guitarist and then an original member of Foo Fighters in '90s), but they wouldn't team up again until 2005, when a Crash biopic called What We Do Is Silent spurred reunion shows with the film's star, Shane West, taking over on lead vocals.

Smear has yet to comment on the news.

There's no word on Doom's cause of death. Some outlets are reporting she was 50 years old, but Billboard has yet to confirm.

The Germs were featured in the 1981 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, which was released after Crash's death.  

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