Poly Styrene Passes Away

Punk icon succumbs to cancer

Seminal punk singer Poly Styrene has sadly passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Perennially under-rated, it now seems that Poly Styrene will never get the critical appreciation she deserves. As the lead singer with X Ray Spex, her unique vocals and fresh style turned the punk scene on its head.

Injecting a bit of fun into the London scene, X Ray Spex scored one hit single – ‘Germ Free Adolescents’ – before splitting up. Later working on a number of different projects, Poly Styrene later disappeared from the music industry.

Announcing her comeback last year, Poly Styrene completed work on a new album. ‘Generation Indigo’ was a passionate, inspired return which fused the energy of her youth with a more eclectic sonic touch.

Running alongside this, though, was an increasingly serious battle with ill-health. Poly Styrene announced that she had cancer, but the punk icon remained hopeful of beating the illness after beginning treatment.

Sadly, it now seems that Poly Styrene has lost her fight with cancer. A statement from her management has confirmed the tragic news that the iconic punk singer has passed away at the age of 53.

Her friend Symond Lawes wrote on Poly’s Facebook page: “I just spoke to her mother and its very true, she passed away quietly last night, her mother and daughter were with her, bless you Marianne. Symond xxx (sic)”

Tributes are already pouring in, with Boy George writing: “I was a fan of Poly before I got to know her, she was a Krishna follower too, oh bless you Poly you will be missed! Legend! (sic)”.

Before releasing her new album ‘Generation Indigo’ Poly Styrene prepared a mini-mix as a short introduction. Listen to it below…

Poly Styrene – Generation Indigo Minimix by Youth by Polystyrene

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