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.