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    (July 3, 1957-April 25, 2011)
    Born in Bromley, Kent, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Marianne Joan Elliott-Said
    Lead singer of X-Ray Spex
    Recorded the solo albums 'Translucence' (1980), 'God's and Godesses' (1986), 'Flower Aeroplane' (2004) and 'Generation Indigo' (2011)
    She ran away from home at age 15, hitchhiked from one concert to another and stayed at hippie crash pads.
    Before forming X-Ray Spex, she released an unsuccessful reggae single under the name Mari Elliott.
    She left X-Ray Spex shortly after seeing a 'DayGlo UFO' following a concert.
    She was initially labelled as schizophrenic, then rediagnosed as bipolar.
    She joined the Hare Krishnas (1983-86).
    She was raised by her mother, a British legal secretary, after her father, a Somali aristocrat, left the family.
    In a racial incident growing up, she was hit over the head with a cricket bat.
    With her short-cropped hair, dental braces and fluorescent wardrobe, she was described as 'one of the least conventional front-persons in rock history, male or female.'
    She said, 'I love the challenge of pushing boundaries in music.'
    She died of metastasized breast cancer a month after releasing a critically acclaimed solo album.

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