Sid's Mom Dead

Drugs apparently did in Sid Vicious' mom. Her son, according to Mr. Rotten, contributed little to the group's masterpiece.

We here at ATN tried to ignore this story as long as we could, thinking it was

some sick joke, but, as it turns out, it's not. On September 6, Anne Beverley,

58, the mother of former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead in her

home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire England, of a suspected drug overdose.

According to reports, police were tipped-off to check on the registered drug

addict when several friends received letters from Beverley saying she planned

to off herself. It was Beverley, you might recall, who in February of 1979

supplied Vicious with the fatal dose of heroin on which he OD'd while out on

bail pending a murder trial in the death of his partner-in-life (and now death,

we assume), Nancy Spungen. Friends suspect Beverley was dejected over the

Pistols' "Filthy Lucre" reunion tour, which she called "sad and pathetic." She

had gone on record describing the tour as something that would have had her

much more principled late son "rolling in his grave." Ironically, it was

Beverley herself who, just three days before her death, had performed at a

Swadlincote, Derbyshire pub to a crowd of 30 with her own punk band, Road Rage,

formed to cash in on the Pistols action, and which found her warbling her own

sad (or is it pathetic?) rendition of Sid's shining moment, a version of Frank

Sinatra's "My Way." There is no joke here.