Sid Vicious born John Simon Ritchie; (10 May 1957--2 February 1979) was an English musician, bassist of the punk group Sex Pistols. Ritchie attended Hackney Technical College, where he met John Lydon (later Johnny Rotten) and the two of them would spend time in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's obscure clothing store, SEX. When McLaren launched the Sex Pistols, he hired the re-named Vicious because of his charisma, attitude and iconic punk look. His musical accomplishment is more questionable, with some people, including Vicious himself, claiming he had no talent. During the brief ascendancy of the Sex Pistols, Vicious met Nancy Spungen, who became his girlfriend and manager. Vicious was suspected of her murder in a New York hotel room, but as they were constantly visited by drug-dealers, this was not proved. Jailed for another offence, he emerged detoxed, but was given heroin by his mother at a party celebrating his release. He died that night.