Cristina Monet-Palaci, known also by her stage name of Cristina, has died at the age of 61.
Cristina, best known for her contribution to the new wave movement which boomed in the 1980s in New York City, worked closed with ZE Records and released four studio albums.
With releases such as ‘Disco Clone’, which was produced by John Cale, Cristina also earned success with her cover of Peggy Lee’s ‘Is That All There Is?’ and The Beatles’ ‘Drive My Car’ along with other popular singles of the time. After marrying Ze Records founder Michael Zika, Cristina would step away from recording music and focus predominantly on writing.
Her death was confirmed by Michel Esteban, co-founder of her label ZE Records, who wrote on Facebook, “Wake up this morning with this devastated news, dearest Cristina past away. So sad..”
Those closest to her have paid tribute, Joanna Pickering wrote: “Saddened at the death of Cristina Monet Zilkha she said she was sick last evening but not so worried as her lungs were clear and she always battled with underlying health issues so bravely. I can’t believe this sad news this morning. A rock star. I grew up on her music.”
She added: “I soon found she wasn’t just a rock star, she was a gorgeous, caring, super smart (incredibly wonderful to debate with), beyond generous and hilarious eccentric friend. Margaritas, taco dinner uptown. The infamous Christmas party invite, always her soirées or openings. One of the greatest lyricists for all these reasons. She was an inspiration when I was younger and fabulous through and through onwards. Sending love to her family and many mutual friends who she abundantly introduced me to. She will be missed. How sad. The world just lost a brightest light.”