British punk singer Poly Styrene, dead at 53

An iconic British punk singer, Poly Styrene, born Marianne Elliott-Said, has died after a battle with spine and breast cancer. She was 53.

“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,” read a statement on her Twitter.
 
In 1976, Styrene formed X-Ray Spex after watching the Sex Pistols perform.
Their song “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” was released from their debut album, Germ Free Adolescents, in 1978.

The BBC has a full obituary here 

NPR has a great recent piece on her here

Marianne released a solo album, Generation Indigo, just last month.
  

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