Punk Icon Poly Styrene Dies At 53
Punk rock legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53 on April 25th. Best known as the lead signer for X-Ray Spex, Marianne Elliot-Said (the singer's real name), formerly announced her breast cancer earlier this year. The death was confirmed by Styrene's Twitter account, which 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." I recommend following the link to her Twitter account, as their is something terribly eerie about reading the words and thoughts of someone just days before their passing, especially when it comes to a long-term illness.
Also via Twitter, Boy George paid tribute to the star, writing, "I was a fan of Poly before I got to know her, she was a Krishna follower too, oh bless you Polly you will be missed! Legend!"
Poly Styrene's first solo album, Translucence, dropped in 1980. She took a long hiatus from the music industry in which she joined the Hare Krishna movement, which is presumably how she met Boy George; because I somehow doubt they were members of the same celebrity book club. Her third album, Generation Indigo, was released in March, and it will be interesting to see how much of a jump it takes in the charts following her death. While it's unlikely to be Michael Jackson meteoric, I wouldn't be surprised to see her pop up in the iTunes top ten sometime this week.