Ari Up of The Slits R.I.P. (1962-2010)
Ari Up (born Ariane Forester), the German-born lead vocalist for seminal British punk band The Slits, has died at the age of 48 after a long battle with illness. Her immediate family has asked for privacy at this time and no public service is planned. She is survived by three sons, her mother Nora, and stepfather Johnny Lydon (also known as Johnny Rotten).
Nora Forster and John Lydon released the following statement earlier today via JohnLydon.com:
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 condolences to John , Nora and family.
Rest in Peace.
The band’s final work, the video for the song “Lazy Slam” from the 2009 album Trapped Animal, can be seen above. Ari Up was insistent that the video be seen and it was her wish to release it posthumously.
“We had the privilege over the last couple of years getting to know Ari both professionally and as a friend,” says Shahin Ewalt of Narnack Records. “Ari was a rare and beautiful person. She had so much energy, and was full of life. There is no one like her and I’m afraid there will never be another Ari Up. She was fearless, pushing the boundaries of music in unprecedented ways. You can hear her direct influence in punk, indie and reggae over the course of the past three decades.
“She made life fun and was so passionate about music. Ariane very much wanted her music to live on. She was smiling and making things happen through the good and the bad. We will truly miss her.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”
“In my 20 years as a manager I have never seen or felt such inspiration and unyielding passion for music and life as I had with my dear friend and client Ari Up. She was truly one of a kind, and there will never be another like her. She influenced generations of women and created some of the most memorable music of our time, but Ari’s true magic was how she affected people on the street, face to face, every day. She ate life up and spit it out. She lived it on her own terms and never gave an inch! The Slits will live on forever and continue to change the way people feel about music and themselves and that’s just the way Ari would want it! We will all miss you so much!”
– Jeff Jacquin
“The loss of Ari-Up of the Slits is devastating not only for those like me who got to frolic and skank with her for three decades plus, but for music.”
– Vivien Goldman
“Ari, what a wonderful musical life she had! My condolences to her Mum, Family and friends. With Deepest Respect, Budgie”
“[Ari was] a total rebellious soul. Such a compassionate person, the original wild child if you will. And a musical genius not really given the recognition in her lifetime.”
– Tessa Pollitt
“Very sad to hear of her passing. The slits were a revolution-rip. X”
– Gavin Rossdale
“Ari was a one off, vibrant, lunatic and the polar opposite of the kind of boring girls she ridiculed in ‘Typical Girls’ a song that still stands up after 30 years. The Slits were everything that punk was meant to be and Ari Up will be remembered as one of the greats of punk. I record her passing with great sadness and lasting admiration.”
– Boy George
“Ari was a true original and a friend of 30 years. We hung in London, Los Angeles and Kingston. We have lost an amazing performer and reggae soldier.”
– Native Wayne Jobson
“Respect to Ari Up. The Slits played with The Cribs last year and she was great.”
– Johnny Marr
“I can’t believe Ari Up died, so sad, she was so young. Long live The Slits and Ari Up.”
– Brody Dalle
“Sadly, Ari Up has passed. I never got to see The Slits live but I love their album ‘Cut’. If you get a chance, check out the video for ‘Typical Girls’. Ari has some pretty rad dance moves.”
– Adrian Young
“Cannot believe news about Ari Up, The Slits were an inspiration & revolutionary. Did a lot of important things. Wild, passionate Woman R.I.P”
– Kate Nash