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Poly Styrene RIP

Poly Styrene (born Marian Joan Elliott-Said) of X Ray Spex has died aged 53. Styrene formed X Ray Spex in 1976 after seeing the Sex Pistols perform on Hastings Pier, but left the group in 1979, exhausted by touring after the release of Germ Free Adolescents.

Styrene was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in the late 70s and was sectioned for several months. She released a solo record, Translucence in 1980. In the early 80s she had a daughter and converted to Hare Krishna, and lived as a devotee in the Bhaktivedanta Manor, which was gifted to the founder of Hare Krishna by George Harrison in 1973. In 1991 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and in 1995 an attempt to reform X Ray Spex was cut short after she was hit by a fire engine.

Styrene released a solo album, Generation Indigo, on 28 March this year. She was being treated for an advanced form of breast cancer when she passed away on Monday 25 April.