Laurie Hoyt-McAllister, last bassist for legendary all-girl American rock band The Runaways, died last Thursday, 25th August, at the age of 53.
Laurie joined The Runaways - whose most famous members were Joan Jett, Sandy West and Lita Ford - after bassist Vicki Blue left in November 1978.
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Before joining The Runaways, Laurie played with Baby Roulette and the Rave Ons, who had one song released on a Kim Fowley compilation called 'Vampires From Outer Space'.
Laurie appeared onstage with The Runaways at their final shows in California during the last weeks of December 1978 and quit soon afterwards, in January 1979 to start her own band The Orchids.
Laurie's Mom said that the cause of death is asthma related. A Facebook page has been set up in her memory: 'RIP Laurie Hoyt-McAllister Memorial Wall June 26, 1958-August 25 2011'.
Coincidentally, a Runaways Tribute album was released on Main Main Records at the end of June this year, entitled 'Take It Or Leave It - A Tribute To The Queens Of Noise'. Part of the proceeds of the album are being donated to the American Institute For Cancer Research in honour of The Runaways' Sandy West, who lost her fight with cancer in 2006.
Joan Jett commented; "I am so sorry to hear of Laurie's passing. She was a good person and a good bass player. It was a great experience being in a band with her, as she was the last Runaways bass player before her own band The Orchids formed.
"I was still in touch with her and saw her last year at a show. It was as if no time had passed.
"My heart goes out to her family and friends, and most of all, to Laurie.
"Rock on girl.
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