Kristen Pfaff (May 26, 1967 – June 16, 1994).
American bassist, born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She spent a short time in Europe and briefly attended Boston College before finishing at the University of Minnesota. She studied classical piano and cello. While living in Minneapolis, she taught herself to play bass guitar.
She, guitarist/vocalist Joachim Breuer and drummer Matt Entsminger formed the band Janitor Joe. While Janitor Joe were on tour in California Kristen was scouted by Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love of Hole, who were at the time looking for a new bassist. In 1993, she moved to Seattle, Washington, to work with the other members of Hole on Live Through This, the major-label follow-up to Pretty On The Inside.
Around 9:30am on June 16, 1994, Pfaff was found dead in her apartment by Paul Erickson, a friend with whom she had planned to leave for Minneapolis that day. On the floor there was a bag containing syringes and drug paraphernalia. Pfaff’s death was attributed to “acute opiate intoxication”.
October 20th 1994, Janet Pfaff, Kristen’s mother, accepted induction on her daughter’s behalf into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.