Maggie Estep, a grunge-era spoken-word performer who performed on “MTV Unplugged,” died on Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack, The New York Times has confirmed. She was 50.
In addition to penning seven books, Estep also released two spoken-word albums, 1994’s No More Mister Nice Girl and 1997’s Love Is a Dog From Hell. She quickly became known for her cynical slam poetry and defiant spoken-word tracks like 1994’s “Hey Baby” — which was on rotation on MTV in the mid-’90s.
“I’ve always loved that song since I first heard it when I was 14, and I never even had an inkling that I would ever be in a band, but I’d always wanted to do it,” she told us in 1997. “Then, in the last day in the studio, I said, ‘hey, can we try to do a sort of trip hop version of ‘Vicious?” and everybody looked at me like I was insane and then we did it.”
Estep famously performed on MTV’s “Unplugged” series, where she engaged audiences with a performance of “The Sex Goddess of the Western Hemisphere” off No More Mister Nice Girl.
Estep is survived by her mother, Nancy; two half-brothers and her half-sister.