X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene Passes Away

X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene has died at the age of 53. Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which ultimately spread to her spine and lungs.

A message posted on Styrene’s website states, “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.”

The singer, who was born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, formed the British punk group X-Ray Spex in 1976. The band released their debut album, ‘Germ Free Adolescents,’ in November 1978 to critical acclaim, before parting ways.

Styrene began a solo career and released ‘Translucence’ in 1981. Soon afterward, she became involved in the Hare Krishna movement, and eventually decided to reform X-Ray Spex. The group released their second studio album, ‘Conscious Consumer,’ in 1995.

Styrene’s latest solo effort, ‘Generation Indigo,’ came out today in the US via Future Noise Music.

She is survived by her daughter, Celeste Bell-Dos Santos.