‘Twin Peaks’ singer Julee Cruise dies of suicide at age 65

The worlds of music and film were saddened last week as it emerged that legendary singer Julee Cruise, well-known for her work with the B-52s and director David Lynch, died as a result of suicide at the age of 65, as NPR reports.

The passing was confirmed by Cruise’s husband, writer Edward Grinnan, who said that his wife had fought difficult battles with “lupus, depression, and alcohol and drug addiction” in the years prior to her death.

In a Facebook post made on Thursday, Grinnan explained of Cruise, “She left this realm on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace.”

Grinnan made detailed reference to his late wife’s time performing with the B-52s, saying, “When she first stepped up to the mic with [band members] Fred and Kate she said it was like joining the Beatles. …I played her [the B-52s hit] Roam during her transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest In Peace, my love, and love to you all.”

Cruise gained widespread recognition for her unique vocal stylings, which could be hypnotic and unsettling all at once, and those qualities paved the way for her memorable collaborations with Lynch and score composer Angelo Badalamenti.

Together, they created an original track entitled “Mysteries of Love” for the 1986 cult classic Blue Velvet, and came together again to produce Cruise’s 1989 solo album Floating into the Night, comprised of songs that made their way into other Lynch products including 90s television series Twin Peaks – a show in which the singer made regular appearances as a bar performer.

The three collaborated once more on Cruise’s 1993 offering The Voice of Love, and she did not release any additional music until 2002’s The Art of Being a Girl and 2011’s My Secret Life.

As Variety reported, reacting to Cruise’s death on Friday, Lynch posted a statement on YouTube in which he said, “I just found out that the great Julee Cruise passed away. Very sad news. So it might be a good time to appreciate all the good music she made, and remember her as being a great musician, great singer and great human being. Julee Cruise!”

Though the circumstances of Cruise’s struggles and her ultimate decision to end her life are indeed tragic, her lasting musical legacy will surely be kept alive by everyone her work profoundly touched across the decades.