Arianna Forster, a.k.a. Ari Up, of the punk band The Slits has passed away at the age of 48. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols, PiL), Ari’s StepFather made the announcement on his website. Ari passed away from a serious illness, but I’m not sure what that is. The punk & music community have lost another important figure. Just last year, the band released a new album Trapped Animal after not releasing new material for over 25 years.
The announcement was made by representatives of Forster’s stepfather, John Lydon, last night. A statement on his website reads: “John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora’s daughter Arianna (Ari Up) died today after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLOfficial.com would like me to pass on our heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family. Rest In Peace.”