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LORNA DOOM,
1957-2019

Lorna Doom, bassist for the celebrated L.A. punk band The Germs, died Wednesday afternoon after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 61.

Her family and bandmates released a statement that read “she finally lost her struggle with cancer. It came as a shock to many, as she had chosen to not burden others with what she was going through.”

Born Teresa Ryan, she joined the band when the lineup was singer Jan Paul Beahm (Darby Crash), guitarist Georg Ruthenberg (Pat Smear), and future Go-Go Belinda Carlisle on drums. Don Bolles replaced Carlisle and other drummers before the band released its only  full-length album (GI) on Slash Records in 1979.

The band, famous for performances at The Masque, Roxy and Whisky a Go Go, broke up in 1980 after Crash killed himself at the age of 22.

The Germs story was prominently told in Penelope Spheeris’s 1981 documentary of the L.A. punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization, and they were the subject of the 2007 biopic What We Do Is Secret.

The Germs reformed in 2005 with Shane West, the actor who played Crash in the film, as the singer.

 

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