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

The New York Times reports that Julee Cruise, the singer best known for her work on Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 65. 

The news of Cruise’s passing was revealed by her husband, Edward Grinnan, in a Facebook post that he published Thursday evening.

“For those of you who go back, I thought you might want to know that I said goodbye to my wife, Julee Cruise, today,” Grinnan wrote. “She left this realm on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace.”

Cause of death

Grinnan subsequently revealed to National Public Radio (NPR) that Cruise died on Thursday by suicide.

The outlet reported:

Her husband, author Edward Grinnan, confirmed to NPR that Cruise died by suicide, and had struggled with “lupus, depression, and alcohol, and drug addiction” in the past.

Further details were not provided.

Cruise’s legacy

Cruise is probably best known for her musical collaborations with director David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti. Those collaborations go back to 1986 when Cruise sang the song “Mysteries of Love” for the film Blue Velvet. 

Cruise would go on record her first two studio albums in the late 80s and early 90s, namely Floating Into the Night and The Voice of Love. And, it is “Falling,” the song from the first of these albums, that ended up being the opening theme for the Twin Peaks television series, for which Cruise is best known.

NPR describes Cruise as having an “unusual vocal presence, so intensely calm and collected that it could be unsettling.”

“Very sad news”

Lynch reacted to Cruise’s passing in a video for YouTube.

“I just found out that the great Julee Cruise passed away,” he said. “Very sad news. So, might be a good time to appreciate all the good music she made and remember her as being a great musician, great singer, and a great human being.”

Cruise’s husband had this to say in the remainder of his Facebook post:

Having had such a varied music career she often said that the time she spent as a B filling in for Cindy while she was having a family was the happiest time of her performing life. She will be forever grateful to them. When she first stepped up to the mic with Fred and Kate she said it was like joining the Beatles. She will love them always and never forget their travels together around the world. I played her Roam during her transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest In Peace, my love, and love to you all.

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