I had just arrived home from work this evening when I heard the news of POLY‘s passing yesterday evening.
Having spoken to POLY just a few weeks ago (for the ARTROCKER feature, reproduced here) I couldn’t let this sad moment pass without a short comment:
It’s not very often that you have the opportunity to chat with one of your ‘heroes,’ and sometimes when you do, they simply don’t quite live up to your precoceived expectations. Not so in the case of POLY STYRENE. Although she had been resident in a local Hospice in Hastings whilst receiving treatment for her cancer, she was more than happy to talk at length about her past, present and future.
She was SO positive about everything from her health to her new album, and regarded everything that had happened to her in her life as just ‘these things that come up …like trials and tribulations of life.’
She was so humble but also so lifted by all the support she was receiving – I was genuinely touched.
A hero of mine back in the mid / late Seventies and even more of an inspiration having had the opportunity to spend half an hour in conversation. She is an example to us all.
Marianne Elliott-Said (a.k.a. Poly Styrene ) Born 3rd July 1957 – Died 25th April 2011