Sad news this morning by way of WFMU's Bart Plantenga, who reports the passing of Algebra Suicide vocalist Lydia Tomkiw. Her band's very unusual music occupied a unique space somewhere between atmospheric new wave and dark/heady surrealism. Here's a a video for what I've always considered their signature song, "Little Dead Bodies" (from 1986).
Unfortunately, the band's website and MySpace pages don't seem to have been updated in quite some time, and not much google-able information on Lydia appears to be available at this time. An Algebra Suicide discography is available here, and you can listen to the song "Tuesday Tastes Good" with this link (Real Audio). Thanks to Lydia and her bandmate Don Hedeker for all the great sounds. Their music will be fondly remembered by most of us fortunate enough to have heard it.
Update: A very kind listener emailed me privately to pass on the following information -- "I reached the funeral home in Arizona that handled Lydia, and was told the cause of death is not yet known. The person I spoke to there also said letters could be sent there, and the funeral home would forward the letters to the family. The address of the funeral home is: Menke Funeral Home, 12420 North 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351-3598"