The punk community has lost another icon. First Ari Up of the Slits, now Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said). The former singer of X-Ray Spex died of breast cancer at the age of 53. She just released an album called Generation Indigo back in March too.
Her website confirmed the passing this morning:
We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places.
and NME has further details:
The singer’s death was confirmed this morning (April 26) to NME by her UK spokesperson.
The punk icon, real name Marian Joan Elliott-Said, revealed that she was suffering from the illness in February this year.
X-Ray Spex formed in 1976 in London and released one studio album, 1978’s ‘Germ Free Adolescents’. Poly went on to have a solo career and her latest solo album, ‘Generation Indigo’, was released on March 28 this year.
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