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|Birth name||John Simon Ritchie|
10 May 1957|
London, England, United Kingdom
2 February 1979 (aged 21)|
New York City, New York, United States
|Occupations||Bassist, songwriter, composer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, drums, tambourine, sax|
|Years active||1976 - 1979|
Siouxsie & the Banshees
|Fender Precision Bass (American Classic)|
Sid Vicious (May 10, 1957 – February 2, 1979) was an English punk musician. His real name was John Simon Ritchie and he was born in Lewisham, London. He was a member of the band The Sex Pistols from February 1977 to January 1978, but played his instrument (the bass guitar) very badly. His bad behaviour was more important to the band than playing his instrument well.
On October 22, 1978 his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen (1958-1978) was stabbed to death with a knife in New York City. It is not clear if Vicious killed her. He was charged with murder, and released on bail. Before he was due to go to court, he died of an accidental overdose of heroin in New York City.