Shane MacGowan, esteemed lead vocalist and songwriter of the pioneering Celtic punk group The Pogues and a revered figure in band leadership, passed away at the age of 65 after a prolonged battle with illness. Born in Kent on 25 December 1957, the Irish star will forever be associated with the festive period thanks to The Pogues’ 1987 hit, Fairytale Of New York, featuring the late Kirsty MacColl.
His family announced his passing, which occurred at 3.30 am on November 30, remembering him as “our most beautiful, darling and dearly beloved.” source: RTE
Victoria Mary Clarke, his wife, expressed her profound affection and admiration in a social media statement: “Shane will always be my guiding light and the benchmark of my aspirations and the love of my life… I am immeasurably blessed to have known him, loved him, and to have received his endless and unconditional love.”
MacGowan faced serious health challenges in the last year of his life. In December 2022, he was hospitalized with viral encephalitis and subsequently spent several months in intensive care throughout 2023.
In a heartfelt statement, President Michael D Higgins offered his respects to Shane MacGowan, hailing him as “one of music’s greatest lyricists.”