UPDATED: R.I.P., Poly Styrene of X-ray Spex
The post read: "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."
The musician fronted X-Ray Spex in the late '70s; not only was their album Germ Free
Adolescents groundbreaking for the punk rock movement in the U.K., she has also been credited as an
influence to contemporary female-led rock groups from Seattle's riot grrls in the '90s to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Gossip today.
Poly Styrene just released her solo album Generation Indigo in March in the U.K.; it is out in the U.S. today. Listen to the full Generation Indigo record streaming on AOL Spinner and watch the interview where she discusses the album track by track here.
Original post, Poly Styrene of X-ray Spex Rumored to Have Passed Away, April 25, 5:15 p.m.: While we can't confirm anything yet, according to her Facebook page, UK punk icon Poly Styrene, 53, passed away today.
The X-ray Spex's singer, born Marian Joan Elliott-Said on June 3, 1957, was diagnosed with cancer two months ago.
Poly Styrene's latest update on April 19 said, "
|A screen capture of Poly Styrene's Facebook page|