February 2, 1979

February2Today in 1979, Sid Vicious, the bassist for the Sex Pistols, died of a heroin overdose.

Vicious was at a party celebrating his release on $50,000 bail. He was awaiting the trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

Party guests said that Vicious had taken heroin at midnight – an account that an autopsy later confirmed.

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