by / October 21st, 2010 /

The Slits’ Ari Up dead at 48

According to several reports from the US, Ari Up, front-woman of seminal punk band The Slits has died at the age of 48.

Sex Pistol John Lydon was Ari’s stepfather (having married her mother Nora), a statement on his site reads:

“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,” he wrote. “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 only played Crawdaddy in May of this year, Conor McCaffrey’s review of the show may be read here, Lisa Hughes’ feature, The Slits – 30 Years On is here.