Australian rock legend Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the singer of the Divinyls, has died age 53.

Media reports say she was surrounded by family and friends at her New York home when she died.

Amphlett, who grew up in Geelong, Victoria, lived in New York with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.

The cause of her death is not yet clear.

In 2010 she revealed she had breast cancer but in early 2011 she said she was in remission.

In 2007 she also revealed a battle against multiple sclerosis.

Along with singing, Amphlett acted for both the stage and screen and starred alongside Russell Crowe in the musical Blood Brothers in 1988.

The Divinyls' fame peaked with hit 1991 single I Touch Myself, which reached number one on Australian charts and also found success in the US and UK.

The band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006, but split in 2007 after a short tour.