Huntress singer Jill Janus dies at 43

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Jill Janus, the lead singer californian heavy metal band Slayer, has died at the age of 43 years.

A statement from the band on their Facebook page said that she took her own life on Tuesday.

The group has said that it was “a long-time sufferer of mental illness” and “spoken publicly about these challenges in the hope of guiding others to overcome their mental illness”.

The statement said that the group had “crushed hearts”.

“We will miss her more than she would have ever known”, they said.

The band was formed in 2010, when Janus met underground metal band Professor in Highland Park, California.

They have released three albums and have written their fourth.

She was also the co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Angus Clark and has had a decade-long career as new york DJ Penelope Tuesdae.

She had been diagnosed with an early form of cancer of the uterus in 2015.

The group called on the fans to join support groups if they or someone they knew might be at risk of suicide.

End of Facebook post by Huntress

If you are concerned by the subjects in this article, the Samaritans can be contacted for free on 116 123 (UK) or by e-mail on If you are in the united states, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.

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