The influential Germs bassist passes away at 61
It was Germs drummer Don Bolles who broke the news on his Facebook page.
“She left this mortal coil today around 1,” Bolles simply stated in a brief comment.
But it wasn’t before long that word spread about the sudden passing of Lorna Doom, the trailblazing bassist for The Germs, of undisclosed causes at the age of 61.
All across the social media landscape, tributes came pouring in across our feeds. Here are a few special ones that stuck out for us.
Rest In Peace, Teresa Ryan, who as Lorna Doom inspired countless musicians in the punk, hardcore and pop worlds for over 40 years. Love and condolences to all her family and friends, especially Don and guitarist Pat Smear. Our hearts are with you.
“I love Lorna Doom so much. I can’t count the times I lay on the floor listening to her play, imagining her rocking out, laying it down in her inimitable way. I always wanted to meet her…” -Flea
“I can still see the ‘Germs burn’ on my wrist from when I was 14 years old. Few bands had as big of an impact on me. Rest In Peace Lorna Doom.” -Laura Jane Grace
“RIP to Lorna Doom. What I’ll always remember is Lorna had the BEST smile in the world. I really respected her need for privacy. I used to play The Germs a lot at the “other station”. I hope Lorna and Darby Crash are singing together again. By the way, you can find the original interview I did with them on YouTube. My condolences to all the fans, friends, families and band members. Here’s a clip from the movie that was made about them.” –Rodney Bingenheimer
“…good people, I love LOVE germs bass lines… she was most kind w/me always… crimony, we lost sister lorna, crimony, a terrible blow… you can’t imagine the impact germs had on minutemen…” -Mike Watt
“Yesterday i lost a part of me, my best friend in high school and partner in crime in the early punk scene, #LornaDoom or Teresa passed away…. she was a visionary and a trail blazer. she never compromised. RIP, terry. i’m sure you can feel the love.” -Belinda Carlisle