Former X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene has died of cancer at the age of 53. She revealed that she was suffering from the illness in February this year. Join us as we look back at the life and career the punk icon.
The following message was posted on the singer’s official Facebook page this morning: “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. Love, the PS Team”
Poly once said of punk: “So many friends believed 1984 and the apocalypse were coming. I used to read the Book of Revelation. But now I think change is slow. Music changes people’s perceptions. And when they grow up, they might be the president of the United States.” (The Independent, 2008)
Although the news has just been announced, there is already an outpouring of sentiment from her peers. Boy George wrote on his Twitter: “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!”