VIXEN: Founding Member Jan Kuehnemund Dies

Hard rock/glam metal band Vixen is facing a very sad moment. Founding member and guitarist […]
By Zarto
October 13, 2013

Hard rock/glam metal band Vixen is facing a very sad moment. Founding member and guitarist Jan Kuehnemund has passed away suddenly. She lost a battle with cancer.

The following statement was released: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally.

Jan was very courageous. Never complained. Never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it NEVER broke her spirit at any point. Up until the actual moment that she died, she really believed she was going back home. Jan... you will be missed.. but never forgotten."

Former members of Vixen, Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci and Share Ross are currently performing together in a new band called JSRG and they explained in a statement that a Vixen reunion was in the works: "For those of you who wondered why Vixen never reunited, we actually did reunite. We had resolved our differences and were whole heartedly looking forward to playing together again.

In January, 2013 only days before the announcement was to be made public, Jan was given her cancer diagnosis. She requested that we keep her illness private and out of respect for her wishes when press and fans asked us why we were not back together, we replied 'it's a matter of timing.' Since then we've been in regular contact with her and offered our loving support while continually hoping to make 2014 the year of Vixen. However, it was not meant to be. Our condolences go out to her family. Memorial services will be announced at a later date."

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