The Cramps’ NY based publicity co. issued a press release this afternoon confirming the death of vocalist Erick Lee Purkhiser aka Lux Interior, earlier today in Glendale, CA.

Possessed with a keen understanding & love of early rock’n’roll and savvy enough to help fashion a sonic & visual template countless bands around the globe have aped, Lux was without question, one of the funniest and most exciting frontmen in the game.  That Lux and Ivy haven’t been inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame is sort of besides the point — a Cramps performance (even years after the likes of Bryan Gregory, Nick Knox or Kid Congo Powers had left the band) was a living, breathing 3D history lesson every time.