British singer-songwriter (1959-2000), daughter of folk singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl. MacColl passed away following a boating accident in Mexico on December 18, after being struck by a speedboat that had entered an area reserved for swimmers. She is survived by two sons from her marriage to record producer Steve Lillywhite, who were swimming near her but were not physically injured. Witnesses report that her last act was to push one of her sons out of the way of the speedboad. MacColl had released her first new studio album in seven years, "Tropical Brainstorm," earlier in 2000. In addition to her solo work, she had worked with such acts as The Pogues ("Fairytale of New York"), Simple Minds, The Smiths ("Ask"), Morrissey ("Interesting Drug"), Big Country, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, and Billy Bragg. MacColl is also known for writing the song "They Don't Know," which became a hit for Tracy Ullman. "Unpretentious, inimitable, writes like a playwright, sings like an angel." -- Billy Bragg

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Freeworld: Kirsty MacColl on the Web
Official site includes news, gig guide, discography, photos, and memorials.
All Music Guide: Kirsty MacColl
Biography and discography.
Gusworld: Kirsty MacColl Galore
Includes biography, albums, and opinions about the artist.
Justice For Kirsty Campaign
Pursuing the truth about the death of Kirsty MacColl. Read about the latest developments; join the letter writing campaign or the supporter email list.
Kirsty MacColl Killed In Boating Accident
News article from VH1. (Dec. 19, 2000)
Kirsty MacColl: 15 Minutes at Least
A fan's tribute and recollections.
NME.com: Kirsty MacColl
Contains news and feature articles.
The Telegraph: Tragedy behind Kirsty MacColl's 'Fairytale'
Article about the inquiry into MacColl's death being reopened and her family's hopes of a Christmas No. 1 for "Fairytale of New York." (Dec. 23, 2007)
TIME.com: Elegy for a One-Woman Girl Group
Review of the singer's career. (March 1, 2009)
Triple J: Kirsty MacColl J-File
Australian radio station's tribute to her life and career.
Wikipedia: Kirsty MacColl
Encyclopedia entry, with discography.
BBC News: MacColls' Fury at Speedboat Fine
The mother of the late singer protests the small fine handed out to the driver of the speedboat that killed her daughter. (March 12, 2003)
NPR Weekend Edition Saturday: Kirsty MacColl
American radio network's recollection of her career and life. (September 04, 2001)
Kirsty MacColl: A Life In Song
Article about her career by Liz Smith, from the World Socialist Web Site. (January 11, 2001)
BBC News | Singer Kirsty MacColl Dies
Two news articles, and tribute messages from fellow musicians and fans. (December 19, 2000)
BBC News: Kirsty MacColl's life of music
BBC tribute to her life. (December 19, 2000)
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