She was 47. While the group had little commercial success in America, they were a smash in Japan. They performed in arenas to sold out … She's featured as an interview subject in the 2004 documentary "Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways." Sandy West died at the tragically young age of 47 on October 21, 2006. Moreover, West was widely acknowledged as an exceptionally fine and proficient drummer who influenced many women rock musicians to start playing the drums. Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005. The most athletic of seven sisters, Sandy was an avid surfer and water skier. Born Sandy Pesavento in Long Beach, California, she was a singer, songwriter and a drummer. In 1975, at age sixteen she co-founded the seminal all-female rock group the Runaways, which included members Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford and Jackie Fox. Sandy West, whose ferocious drumming fueled the influential all-female '70s rock band the Runaways, which she co-founded with Joan Jett, has died of lung cancer. Drummer, singer, songwriter and guitarist Sandy West was born as Sandy Pesavento on July 10, 1959 in Long Beach, California and was raised in Huntington Beach.

Sandy West, Soundtrack: The Runaways.