Vivian Trimble, the keyboardist and vocalist of Luscious Jackson, has died. The band revealed the news on Facebook, writing that she died of a complication after years of battling cancer. Trimble was 59.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Viv on Tuesday,” the band’s statement reads. “We were not expecting this. She was a great friend and a gifted musician and choreographer, but it was being a partner to David and a mother to Nate and Rebecca that gave her the greatest joy. We are devastated beyond words to lose our graceful sister.”
Luscious Jackson formed in 1991 as a trio composed of Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser, and Trimble. Drummer Kate Schellenbach joined them shortly after, and together they released one EP and two albums – 1994’s Natural Ingredients and 1996’s Fever In Fever Out – on the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label. Trimble left the band prior to the release of their 1999 LP Electric Honey. While Luscious Jackson reunited in 2011, Trimble opted not to join.
In addition to Luscious Jackson, Trimble and Cunniff formed a band called Kostars that released an album called Klassics With A “K” in 1996. It was produced by Breeders bassist Josephine Riggs, with whom Trimble had a duo called Dusty Trails. They released a self-titled album in 2000.