The Slits' Ari Up dies aged 48

Frontwoman passed away after a 'serious illness'

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The Slits' frontwomen Ari Up has died at the age of 48.

The singer - real name Arianna Forster - passed away yesterday (October 20).

News of her death was confirmed by the Sex Pistols and PiL frontman John Lydon, who is married to Forster's mother. He delivered the news about her death on his website.

"John [Lydon] and Nora [Forster] have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna - aka Ari-Up - died today (October 20) after a serious illness," was posted on "She will be sadly missed. Everyone at and would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family. Rest in Peace."

Forster formed The Slits in 1976 at the age of 14. They released two albums, 1979's 'Cut' and 1981's 'Return Of The Giant Slits', before splitting up.

She later went on to release a solo album called 'Dread More Dan Dead' in 2005, among other projects, before reforming The Slits later that year.

Johnny Marr has been among those to pay tribute to Up, posting on Twitter: "Respect to Ari Up. The Slits played with The Cribs last year and she was great."

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