Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
March 29, 1956 (age 40) (
December 9, 1996 (aged 40) New York, New York, U.S.
Patricia Jean "Patty" Donahue (March 29, 1956 – December 9, 1996) was the lead singer of the 1980s new wave group The Waitresses.
During the recording of the second and final Waitresses' album, Bruiseology, Donahue left the band and was replaced by Holly Beth Vincent. Donahue rejoined afterward. After The Waitresses broke up, Donahue generally kept a low profile, though she is credited on Alice Cooper's Zipper Catches Skin with "vocals and sarcasm." She later worked for ABC in the Political Unit and then at MCA in the A&R department.
On December 9, 1996, Donahue, who had been a heavy smoker most of her adult life, died of lung cancer at the age of 40. A native of Cleveland, Donahue was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery, in nearby Brook Park.