Posted in music on October 20, 2010

ari Up

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 and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John , Nora and family.

Rest in Peace.

This is completely shocking and devestating news. RIP ARI.

John Lydon and his wife Nora were introduced by Nora's daughter Ari-Up, who was just 48 years old this year.

The Slits released their first new record in 25 years, exactly one year ago TODAY.

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Comments (24)

Wow, that's sad. I really liked the Slits and am glad I finally saw them in concert a few years ago.

Posted by Todd | October 20, 2010 11:46 PM

Thankyou for leaving this world a better place. I will smile when I hear and dance with you in my mind. Thankyou Ari

Posted by Thom | October 21, 2010 12:32 AM

Anyone know how she died?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 12:40 AM

Not to get off-topic from the tragedy, but I had no idea Lydon's wife was her mother. Quite an age gap there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 12:40 AM

Oh wow, this is shocking. This is not what I wanted to hear right before going to bed. But I have to remind myself that the old punkers don't usually last long. Not to pry into their personal lives but I wonder what got her at 48??? Well you can't say she didn't leave a huge mark on punk with the Slits. I consider it a privilege to have seen them once a few years back and they were fantastic. She looked like the happiest person in the world back with the Slits performing on stage. RIP Ari-Up. You touched many and will be missed by more.

Posted by mikec | October 21, 2010 1:14 AM

cliches abounding, but what else can i do: she was a true original. i love the slits. she and the rest of her band opened the door for women to actually write their own music. ari up r.i.p. <3.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 1:15 AM

12:40. I also never knew that Johnny Lydon was her stepfather and that her mother is a Der Spiegel heiress.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 1:30 AM

no idea who she is

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 2:54 AM

One of the most entertaining, energetic and inspiring voices in all of popular music.

RIP, heady-dready.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 21, 2010 4:49 AM

It’s a tragedy that Ariane “Ari Up” Forster passed away. Honor her memory by contributing to her memorial site

Posted by Luda | October 21, 2010 7:26 AM

just another trustafarian

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 8:26 AM

This year I discovered New Age Steppers, another group Ari sang for. They had a couple of records out in 1980, 1981. "Fade Away" and "Love Forever" quickly became all time faves. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 9:02 AM

This is so terrible. Ari's talent and spirit will continue to inspire.

Posted by Lori | October 21, 2010 9:21 AM

@12:40: Apparently she died of cancer.
This is another sad death.

Posted by Fortyver | October 21, 2010 9:45 AM

2:54 Then keep your fucking mouth shut. RIP Ari-Up.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 10:23 AM

RIP. Ari will definitely be missed. After that Slits record a couple of years ago, it was apparent she had a lot more left to do. Anybody see them open for Sonic Youth at McCarren Park? Really fun show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 10:33 AM

48 ?! Sad news indeed. At least she was doing sh*t,touring,and living life on her own terms til the end. RIP Arianna Foster.

Posted by gauche | October 21, 2010 10:45 AM

Her friend wrote something on the news section of her site,i think it says it all.

Posted by gauche | October 21, 2010 10:47 AM


Nora is a good 15 to 20 years older than J Rotten. they been together since forever................

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 1:06 PM

I played a couple shows with Ari. Most memorably was playing keys for her at CBGBs years ago. It was the first band I had ever played in. Ari took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. She will be missed.

Posted by Carol Sharks | October 21, 2010 3:49 PM

hear her unreleased solo ep at

Posted by anonymouse | October 21, 2010 8:34 PM

the mccarren show was a lot of fun, with the Slits opening up for Sonic Youth on the Daydream Nation show.
Ari Up was perfectly happy to be there warming the crowd up with a party-oriented, good vibe set - simple and fun, and somehow deep at the same time. She was an acquired taste, but a true original. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 10:54 PM

jesus dude, go walk off that roid

Posted by شات | November 17, 2010 12:32 PM

Wow! I can't believe it. i was just with her for her east village radio interview, seven months ago. She looked so healthy and strong.
I would of never have known it was that bad. How sad! :(R.I.P.)My Sister-Ari.

Posted by emonty | November 21, 2010 4:37 PM

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