A statement on her official Twitter page says: “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.”
Poly Styrene formed her band X-Ray Spex after seeing the Sex Pistols and broke through with the song “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” In the 1980s, Poly Styrene joined the Hare Krishnas and retreated from the music business.
Billy Bragg told BBC 6 Music that Poly Styrene made an important contribution to women in rock music. “It’s always hard for women in rock music but it was particularly hard in the ’70s,” he said. “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.”