Punk Legend Poly Styrene Dies at 53
She was best known as the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex.
British punk singer Poly Styrene has died after a battle with spine and breast cancer. She was 53.
"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," read a statement on her Twitter page.
In 1976, Styrene (real name: Marianne Elliott-Said) formed X-Ray Spex after watching the Sex Pistols perform.
The group, best known for the song "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" released their debut album, Germ Free Adolescents, in 1978, before disbanding.
Two years later, she recorded a solo album, Translucence, before dropping out of the public spotlight and joining the Hare Krishnas.
She released a solo album, Generation Indigo, just last month.
The music industry is mourning her loss.
"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!" Boy George Tweeted after learning of her death.
Speaking on BBC 6 Music, Billy Bragg said: "It's always hard for women in rock music but it was particularly hard in the 70s. I think she cut right through that. The work that she did and the things that she produced always stayed true to that original spirit of punk."