Cynthia Dall, a Sacramento singer and musician who was a favorite of the indie-rock underground scene, died April 5 in her sleep at home, her family said. She was 41.
The cause of death is unknown. An autopsy is pending a toxicology report, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.
A McClatchy High School graduate, Ms. Dall started in music as the alternative music buyer for Tower Records. She emerged as a singer on a series of collaborations with Bill Callahan of Smog, a one-time Sacramento group acclaimed for its low-fi sound.
She toured with Smog and released two solo CDs on the Drag City label: "Untitled" in 1996 and "Sound Restores Young Men," a 2002 collection "which succeeds via its sparse instrumentation, daydream inducing sonics and Dall's whisper-in-the-wind vocals," Bee reviewer Chris Macias said.
Ms. Dall was born Cynthia Meggin Loya in Roseville in 1971. She attended California State University, Sacramento, and earned a philosophy degree from UC Berkeley.
She was a photographer for Rollerderby, a San Francisco-based music publication. She was active in local Democratic politics and the Courage Campaign, a progressive organizing network.
She was predeceased by her father, Bob Loya. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Stephanie and Norbert Dall of Sacramento; brothers, Carey of Oakland and Aaron of Barcelona; sister, Renee of Sacramento; and grandmother, Pearl R. Moffitt of Roseville.
A memorial was held Sunday. Donations in memory of Ms. Dall may be made to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary or the UC Berkeley Department of Philosophy.