Jan Kuehnemund succumbed to cancer on Thursday October 10 at the age of 51.
The all-female ‘80s rock band updated its official Facebook page with the news of Kuehnemund's passing: "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," they said. "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."
Bass player Share Ross said the band was in talks to reunite, and were readying the official announcement in January when Kuehnemund 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'," Ross wrote.
"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."