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Who is Emi Canyn? All About Her Career and Cause of Her Death

Emi Canyn was a singer and vocalist for Canon, She Roc, and Alice N Thunderland, among others. She was well known for her work as a background singer for Mötley Crüe on tour. She also gained more limelight and recognition for being the ex-wife of guitarist Mick Mars. Her spouse Mick is the lead guitarist and co-founder of Motley Crue, a heavy metal band.

Emi toured with her husband’s band Motley Crue during their Girls, Girls, Girls tour. She also contributed vocals to their multiplatinum album Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood. Sadly, Emi died in 2017. So, let’s find out what was the cause of her death?

Furthermore, in this article, we will explore several other interesting facts about Emi. Let’s get started.

Emi Canyn Parents and Early Life

Emi was born Emi Jo Schmidt on December 5, 1954, in Tacoma, Washington to her parents Floyd Schmidt and mother Eleanor Schmidt. Mick’s ex-wife held American nationality and belonged to white ethnicity. Her birth sign was Sagittarius.

Emi adored her family and was passionate about making a difference in other people’s lives. She was a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Besides, when it comes to her academics, the 6 feet 2 inches vocalist graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in 1973. Talking about her University education, it is unknown.

Canyn Grew Up With Her Seven Siblings

Emi had seven siblings in total, four brothers and three sisters. Barbara Reines (Johnny), Kenneth Schmidt (Monique), H. Douglas Schmidt (Janet), Rob Schmidt (Dee), Jeri Ovechka (Ron), and Jon Schmidt are her siblings. Nevertheless, one of her sisters Joan McMahan had passed away before her.

Emi Canyn Was Married To One Of The Greatest Guitarist Of All Time, Mick Mars

Emi was married to Mick Mars, lead guitarist of Motley Crue. The duo tied the knot on 29th September 1990. Before walking down the aisle, the ex-couple dated for a couple of years. Mick is considered one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Emi Canyn and her husband at their marriage
Emi Canyn and her husband Mick Mars at their marriage

Talking about their initial romance, Emi and Mick started seeing each other when the duo was touring with their band Motley Crue. Canyn was the backup singer for the band. And they got married after dating for two years. Their marriage was the talk of the town since both were renowned singers at the time.

Emi also added her husband’s last name to her moniker after marriage, thus being Emi Canyn Mars.

Their Marriage Only Lasted For Almost 3 Years

After being married for almost 3 years, the couple got divorced in 1993. Emi’s husband Mick Mars filed for divorce in April 1993.

Emi Canyn with her husband
Emi Canyn with her husband Mick Source: Pinterest

According to Mars, the reason behind the divorce was Canyn’s growing closeness with Alice ‘N Thunderland’s guitarist Chet Thompson.

The Motley Crue lead guitarist once said that his wife and Chet Thompson’s relationship went deeper than just band activities.

Her Other Dating Affairs

Apart from Mars, Emi was in a romantic relationship with drummer, Marc Nelson. Furthermore, her name was also associated with guitarist Chet Thompson and Paul Taylor.

In addition to these identities, the late artist was said to be having an affair with an American percussionist named Seann Scott.

Emi Was Mick Mars’s Second Wife

Before getting involved in a romantic relationship with Emi Canyn, her ex-husband Mick was married to Sharon Deal in 1971. The couple had two children, Les Paul Deal, and Stormy Deal. After three years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1974.

Further, after his divorce from Motley Crue’s backup singer Emi, Mick dated Robbie Mantooth for almost 10 years from 1995 to 2004. As of 2022, Mick is married to a Swiss model Seraina Schönenberger since 2013. In fact, Seraina is 33 years younger than Mick.

Emi Canyn Never Had A Child

Motley Crue’s backup singer never had any children during her lifetime. Her marriage with Mick ended in divorce after 3 years of togetherness. During her marriage, the couple didn’t have any kids together.

However, Emi had two stepchildren from her husband’s marriage to Sharon Deal in 1971.

Canyn’s Professional Life

Emi Canyn discovered her love of music after moving to California in the late 1970s. She gradually started singing and later sang as a lead vocalist in a number of bands, including Canon, She Roc, and Alice N Thunderland. In addition, Emi toured with the famed band Motley Crue as a backup vocalist.

Emi Canyn performing with her band
Emi Canyn with her band Motley Crue at stage

She was an accomplished performer, singer, and songwriter.

Emi Died At the Age of 62: Cause of Her Death

Canyn passed away on February 25, 2017, at the age of 62. She was at her residency in Lacey, Washington at the time of her death. Her parents, Floyd and Eleanor Schmidt, and her sister, Joan McMahan, also died before her. Emi is survived by her six remaining siblings.

According to Motley Crue Australian Fan Club, the death of the singer wasn’t revealed until May of 2017. Reportedly, Emi Canyn died of natural cause. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day, Saints, organized a memorial service in her honor.

What Is Emi Canyn’s Net Worth?

The backup vocalist for Motley Crue made a handsome amount of fortunes as a singer. Emi’s estimated worth was around $1 million at the time of her death.

As of 2022, her ex-spouse Mick has a net worth of around $70 million US Dollars.

Was an Animal Lover

The late artist was an animal lover. In fact, animals played an important role in the late singer’s life. She had several four-legged pals over the years, the most prominent of whom were two puppies named Kujo and Gizmo.