Emi Canyn is the late ex-wife of Mick Mars, the American musician best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. They got married on September 29, 1990, and divorced in 1993.
Born on December 5, 1954, Emi Canyn was a singer and vocalist. While she was alive, she performed for some bands and artists, including Canon, Alice N Thunderland, and She Roc. She sadly passed away on February 25, 2017.
The singer got her first musical recognition when she stood as a background singer for Motley Crue on a tour. She then got to the peak of her limelight when she got married to the famous guitarist Mick Mars. Her short-lived marriage to the guitarist also earned her more of the public’s attention. Read further as we unveil all you need to know about Emi Canyn and the reason for her death at the age of 62.
Emi Canyn was Born in 1954 in Tacoma
Emi’s parents, Floyd Schmidt and Eleanor Schmidt welcomed her into the world on December 5, 1954, in Tacoma, Washington. Mick’s ex-wife was of white origin and had American nationality. Emi Canyn had a deep love for her family and a strong desire to improve the lives of others. She was a Christian who held strongly to her faith and belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Details of what her parents did for a living are unknown as they died before the vocalist. Emi grew up with her seven siblings, which comprised four brothers and three sisters. Her siblings include; Kenneth Schmidt (Monique), Barbara Reines (Johnny), H. Douglas Schmidt (Janet), Jeri Ovechka (Ron), Rob Schmidt (Dee), Jon Schmidt, and Joan McMahan, who passed away earlier before she did.
There are no details of the early and primary schools that the vocalist attended. She completed her high school education in 1973 at Mount Tahoma High School. It is unknown if she obtained a degree as there are no details regarding the university or college that she attended.
She was a Professional Singer
Emi Canyn, who lived her early life in Washington with her parents and siblings, discovered her love for music when she relocated to California in the 1970s. She started with singing and got herself acquainted with some bands as a lead vocalist. Some of the bands she performed with include She Roc, Canon, and Alice N Thunderland.
As she was getting close to her limelight, Emi started touring with one of the then famous bands, Motley Crue, as a background singer.
Emi Canyn Became Mick Mars’ Wife in 1990
Emi Canyn got married to Mick Mars, the lead guitarist of her touring band Motley Crue, on September 29, 1990. Reports have it that they dated for some years before they decided to walk down the aisle. They started to date during one of their tours with the band Motley Crue, while Emi was still a backup vocalist for the band.
After dating for over two years, the duo decided they needed to settle down with each other. Their marriage was well received by the public, mainly because the two were renowned musicians at that time. During the period of their marriage, the duo didn’t have any children together. Her ex-husband was regarded as one of the best guitarists from that time to date. Emi Canyn was the second wife of her ex-husband, Mick Mars.
Reports have it that before the two got into a relationship, Mick Mars was married to Sharon Deal in 1971. They welcomed two children by the name Les Paul Deal and Stormy Deal. They separated after three years of their marriage and divorced in 1974.
Mick Mars Filed For Divorce in April 1993
The marriage was blissful during their first two years, as they are spotted at different stages together. However, it was short-lived in the third year when Emi Canyn’s husband decided to come up with a divorce claim. Mick further disclosed that his reason for taking the option of divorce is the increasing closeness that he has observed between Emi and Chet Thompson.
Chet Thompson is one of the lead guitarists of Alice ‘N Thunderland, a band that Emi also sang with. Mick Mars claims that he has observed a romantic closeness between the duo, which was beyond the normal band activities. However, they had to end the marriage in the same year as Mick filed for a divorce.
Reports also have it that Emi has been seen in a romantic relationship with others aside Chet Thompson. She was once in a relationship with Paul Taylor and Marc Nelson, who was the band’s drummer.
Lastly, before her death, Emi was spotted in a relationship with an American percussionist, Seann Scott. After divorcing Emi Canyn in 1993, the guitarist got into a relationship with Robbie Mantooth. Their relationship lasted for close to 10 years, which started in 1995 and crashed in 2004.
Marc finally got married to Seraina Schonenberger, who has been a Swiss model since 2013. He seems to be more comfortable with the model, who is about 33 years younger than him.
Emi Canyn Died in 2007
At the age of 62, Emi Canyn passed away on February 25, 2017. At the time of her passing, she was residing in Lacey, Washington. Her death raised a lot of questions from fans, family, and friends, who were concerned to know the cause of her death. According to the Australian fan club for Motley Crue, the musician’s death wasn’t made public until May 2017.
Available reports claim that the vocalist died as a result of natural death. Although this report is not well received by some of her fans, some believe that there must be a reason for her death, which is kept under wraps. In her honor, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a memorial ceremony. This attracted a lot of friends and family who came to pay their last respects to the legendary vocalist.