Ari Up, frontwoman for pioneering British punk band the Slits, died Wednesday, according to Sex Pistols‘ John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), who wrote of the news on his website. The singer, born Arianna Forster, had long battled a “serious illness,” according to Lydon. She was 48.
Lydon, who is married to Forster’s mother, wrote: “John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora’s daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, October 20th) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt … READ MORE