When the news of Doom’s passing broke during the evening of January 16, the cigarette ritual was mentioned by Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace who paid her own tribute to the band and their bass player.
“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,” she wrote on Twitter.
A number of fellow musicians also paid tribute to Doom, with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea underlining her musical influence.
“I love Lorna Doom so much,” he wrote on Instagram. “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 and never got to, but I feel a bond with her anyways. I admire her always and she is part of who I am. R.I.P. Broken through to the other side Lorna Doom.”
Flea was one of the artists who contributed to A Small Circle Of Friends, the 1996 Germs tribute album which also featured NOFX, Melvins, L7, Meat Puppets, and Hole – the latter using the name of The Holez and featuring Pat Smear on guitar who by then had played with Nirvana and, following Kurt Cobain’s death, joined the Foo Fighters.
Doom is survived by her two children and grandchildren. Kerrang! sends our condolences to Lorna’s family, friends and band mates.
Lorna's cause of death is yet to be confirmed. We'll have more information when made available.
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