New York Magazine


Vicious Attacks

When: October 12, 1978

The facts: Nancy Spungen—20-year-old former topless dancer and junkie dropout from the Main Line in Philadelphia—dies in the Chelsea Hotel room she shared with her boyfriend, the former Sex Pistols bassist, 21-year-old Sid Vicious; she has a five-inch knife wound in her belly. Sid is arrested. Vicious dies of a heroin overdose on February 2, 1979, while still out on bail.

Final request: Out on bail from Rikers Island, he has only two requests, his manager Malcolm McLaren told writer Ron Rosenbaum. The second is to call Nancy's parents and tell them how sorry he is. The first? "Where's my fucking leather jacket?"