News: The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan has passed

Shane MacGowan, frontman for Irish punk icons The Pogues, has passed away at age 65.

In a statement, MacGowan’s wife, journalist and author Victoria Mary Clarke, said: “Shane will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love of my life”.

MacGowan revealed last year he had been diagnosed with encephalitis, an uncommon but serious condition which causes inflammation of the brain. He was discharged from hospital last week ahead of his birthday on Christmas Day.

Tributes have poured in for the singer, widely known for the 1987 Christmas classic, “Fairytale Of New York,” with The Libertines’ co-frontman Carl Barât saying in a post on X/Twitter: “So saddened to hear about Shane’s passing today. His storytelling enriched our worlds no end as did the nights we spent with him. As an artist he was untouchable and will always be with us. Our hearts go out to all who knew him.”

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