Huntress singer Jill Janus dead at 43 after apparent suicide

Heavy metal fans are mourning the loss of a singer taken far too young.

Jill Janus, who was the lead singer for Huntress, took her own life on Tuesday.


At the age of 43, Janus still had many professional years ahead of her.

On Tuesday, however, it was revealed the singer had committed suicide just outside of Portland, Oregon.

According to a statement released by the family, Janus had struggled with mental health issues for years.

Even though she faced her own demons, though, she had long been an advocate for mental health patients, encouraging them all to reach out for help.

Sadly, she did not follow her own advice.


Her band, Huntress, had formed in 2009.

Janus was one of the founding members of the group.

Janus was one of the few female singers in the male-dominated genre.

Their sound is best characterized as thrash and very dark.

In 2011, the group was signed by Napalm Records and released “Eight of Swords.”

Her mental health issues first started to become publicly known in 2015.

Janus had made a post on Facebook declaring the band’s days were over.

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One of her fellow bandmates, Blake Meahl, assured fans the band was not disbanding, but Janus was having mental health issues.

Even though Meahl insisted the band would continue, “Static” would be the last album released in September 2015, a month before Janus made her Facebook post.

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