Singer Ian Dury, Who Rode the Punk Bandwagon, Dead at 57
The Associated Press
LONDON (AP) - Singer Ian Dury, who rode the punk bandwagon in the 1970s with the singles "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" and Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)," died Monday. He was 57.
Dury, whose clever, exuberant, Cockney-accented lyrics were backed by a band called the Blockheads, died after a five-year bout with colon cancer, which spread to his liver.
A statement from his record label, East Central One, said he died peacefully at home with his family, with "a smile on his face."
Dury was partially crippled by polio at age 7, and he was a lifelong campaigner for acceptance of disabilities and eradication of polio.
Despite his battle with cancer, he continued to work for children's aid organizations and appear in television ads.
Among Dury's survivors are his four children - two from his first marriage, which ended in divorce in 1985, and two from his second marriage to sculptress Sophie Tilson.
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