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John Lydon

Rocker Ari-Up dead at 48

London -- Arianna Forster, a German-born punk rocker known as Ari-Up, has died following an undisclosed illness, her stepfather John Lydon's Web site said.

Lydon, former singer of the Sex Pistols, is married to Forster's mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster.

Arianna Forster, 48, was a member of the British all-girl punk band The Slits.
"John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, Oct. 20) after a serious illness. 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 message on the Web site said.

Lydon Mourns Gallagher walk-out

Punk legend John Lydon is devastated Noel Gallagher quit Oasis - because the band's music cheered him up.

The Sex Pistols frontman is a big fan of the Wonderwall hitmakers, and is convinced singer Liam Gallagher has borrowed his vocal style.

So he was saddened when guitarist Noel walked away from the British band after a bust-up with his brother before a show in Paris last month (Aug09).

Lydon, who went by the moniker Johnny Rotten during his punk heyday, says, "It is sad. They're a nice backdrop on a dull day. There's no content or depth to Oasis but it's still poignant.