other deaths of note


October 25, 2006

Sandy West, 47 Female rock star

Sandy West, whose ferocious drumming fueled the influential all-female '70s rock band the Runaways, which she co-founded with Joan Jett, has died of lung cancer at a Southern California hospice. She was 47.

Ms. West was only 16 when she co-founded the Runaways in 1975 with Ms. Jett. Along with band members Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, they had such hits as "Cherry Bomb" and "Born to be Bad."

Following the band's breakup in 1979, Ms. West continued to perform as a singer, guitarist and drummer with the Sandy West Band.

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