Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979), was an English musician who was the bass guitarist and vocalist of the punk group Sex Pistols. Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in early 1977 to replace Glen Matlock. Since his skills on bass guitar were questionable, Vicious only performed bass on one song on the band's sole studio album Never Mind the Bollocks. During the brief drug-filled ascendancy of the Sex Pistols, Vicious met his girlfriend and manager Nancy Spungen, who died of a stab wound whilst staying in the Hotel Chelsea, Manhattan, with Vicious. Vicious died of a heroin overdose while on bail on suspicion of her murder.
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