X-Ray Spex Poly Styrene Dies Of Lung Cancer Age 53
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X-Ray Spex Poly Styrene Dies Of Lung Cancer Age 53

London : United Kingdom | Apr 26, 2011 at 2:50 AM PDT
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Iconic punk rock singer Poly Styrene has died of lung cancer age 53. Styrene was the lead singer of UK punk originals X-Ray Spex.

Poly Styrene, who died on Monday 25 April, was the stage name of Marian Joan Elliott-Said and was one of the great names of punk rock. With her band X-Ray Spex she made some seminal UK punk rock recordings including 'Identity', 'Germ Free Adolescents' and 'Oh Bondage Uo Yours'.

Poly had been suffering with lung cancer for some time. Boy George has already paid tribute to poly saying saying: "It's seems true that Poly Styrene has passed away, she was my punk hero, I'm so heartbroken!"

A friend of Poly's, Symond Lawes, confirmed: "I just spoke to her mother and its very true, she passed away quietly last night, her mother and daughter were with her"

In 1978 Poly was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, sectioned, and told she would never work again. Although she missed playing at the time, in hindsight, Poly felt that getting out of the public eye was good for her. She was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She had recently recorded and released a new album Generation Indigo which was released on March 28, 2011, via Future Noise Music.

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