- Category : 1959-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 3/6 - Martyr / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 2
American singer, songwriter and drummer who was one of the founding members of the Runaways, the first teenage all-girl hard rock band to record and achieve widespread commercial success in the 1970s.
By the age of 13, she was the only girl in local bands who played at teenage parties. At 15, she met rhythm guitarist Joan Jett and producer Kim Fowley and formed the Runaways, later lead guitarist Lita Ford and lead singer Cherie Currie joined the band. After four years of recording and touring the world, the Runaways disbanded in 1979.
In 2005, West, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer which later spread to her brain, and she died on 21 October 2006 at age 47 in San Dimas, California.