Cult singer Poly Styrene, born Joan Elliott-Said, passed away last night, aged 53. The British-Somali musician and songwriter, who fronted the pioneering punk band X-Ray Spex, lost her battle with breast cancer just weeks after the release of her comeback solo album Generation Indigo.
2011 will be remembered for many great things in the world of music, but also some notable losses.
Here's a reminder of the songwriters, composers and musicians we lost in 2011.
Princess Julia concludes the great style icons in pop music
Princess Julia reflects on the great style icons in pop music