Sid Vicious, (Simon John Ritchie,) was born May 10, 1957, to his father Micheal and his mother Anne. Shortly after he was born, his father left, and he and his mother moved to the Spanish island of Libza, where Sid's mother made a living selling drugs. By 1974 and 1975 Sid began using methanphetamines and was expirencing anti-social and destructive behaviors. The name Sid Vicious comes from John Lyndon
's (Johnny Rotten's) pet hamster. While Sid was not originally a member of the Sex Pistols, he later joined after their bass player, Glenn Matlock, left the band in 1977. It was often said by many close to the band that when the Sex Pistols played live in concert, Sid's amplifyer was turned off or down very low. While this is true, Sid could play bass, just not very well. In November 1977 Sid met his future girlfriend Nancy Spungen. She was an American rock band groupie, and a born herion addict. Although they were clearly in love with each other, their rocky relationship had a deteriorating affect on the Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols went on to break up in 1978. Sid then embarked on a short solo career with Nancy as his manager. He played with artist inclulding Joe Strummer of the Clash and Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls. Meanwile, Sid and Nancy became even more drawn into the drug scene. The last night they were together, they checked in to their room (Room 100)at the Chelsea Hotel. Sid awoke to find Nancy crumpled dead in their hotel bathroom. She was stabbed only once in the abdomen. Sid was arrested for her murder, although he had no memory of doing so. There were also many other suspects in Nancy's murder, however, a bail of $50,000 was paid by the Sex Pistol's ex- lable Virgin records, and Sid was temporarily released. In February 1979, Sid was at a party to celebrate his release that was held at his new girlfriend, Michelle Robinson's house. He was supposedly clean from all drugs at this time, due to drug rehab he recieved at prison. However, at the party, he used herion he got from his mother to overdose. He died that same night. Sid and his mother wanted his remains to be burried next to Nancy's, but Nancy's mother would not allow them to be. There are many rumors about the exact location of Sid's remains, but the exact resting place is not known.
Even though Sid Vicious was addicted to drugs, he loved his girlfriend so much that he commited suicide to be with her in the end.