NEWS

In the late hours of yesterday (October 20th) it was announced that Slits founder and front woman Ari Up has died “after a serious illness” at the age of 48.

The news came via John Lydon’s website, the Sex Pistol being the husband of Ari’s (real name Arianna Forster) mother. The message read:

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In the late hours of yesterday (October 20th) it was announced that Slits founder and front woman Ari Up has died “after a serious illness” at the age of 48.

The news came via John Lydon’s website, the Sex Pistol being the husband of Ari’s (real name Arianna Forster) mother. The message read:

John [Lydon] and Nora [Forster] have asked us to let everyone know that Nora‘s daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (October 20) after a serious illness,” he wrote on JohnLydon.com. “She will be sadly missed. Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family. Rest in Peace.”

The Slits contribution to punk and alternative music in general is unquestionable, and we’re very proud that we managed to feature the band on the cover of our July 09 issue.

Read our interview with Ari and her fellow, founding band members HERE