It's being reported from various outlets that longtime member of the Bay Area punk scene Sarah Kirsch passed away on December 5 after a lengthy battle with Fanconi Anemia. She was 42.
Kirsch had struggled with the disease, a rare genetic disorder in which the blood produces too few red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, causing leukemia or bone marrow failure. Shortly before her diagnosis, she came out as transgendered, having previously been known as Mike Kirsch.
Kirsch's discography is prolific, including her contributions to the music scene while a member of bands including Baader Brains, Fuel, Torches to Rome, Bread and Circuits and punk rock supergroup Pinhead Gunpowder (where Kirsch's bandmate was Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong). For years, her musical efforts were an integral part of the scene surrounding Gilman Street, and she was also a political activist in the area.
A tribute has been posted on Green Day's website that reads in part:
Sarah Kirsch, was an important figure and driving force in the '90s Bay Area punk scene and beyond. She continues to be an important part of our community, our culture, our music scene, and many of our lives.
More tributes are being set up all over the web, including this one at maximumrocknroll.
We would like to extend our condolences to her friends, family and bandmates.