The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan dies at 65 2023The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan dies at 65 2023
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Shane MacGowan dies at 65: the singer and chief songwriter of the Pogues, who combined punk energy and traditional Irish music but whose lifestyle often overshadowed his musical contributions, has died. He was 65 years old.

“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shane McGowan,” his wife Citoria Marie Clark, sister Siobhan and father Maurice said in a joint statement.

The statement said McGowan, who had recently been in hospital after suffering viral encephalitis last year, died peacefully early Thursday with his family by his side.

McGowan appeared on five Pogues albums, ranging from their 1984 debut, Red Roses for Me, to 1990’s Hell’s Ditch. Their most successful album was 1988’s If I Should Fall from Grace with God, which included songs by the popular band Fiesta and the title track.

McGowan was the frontman of The Pogues from 1982 until leaving the band in 2014. (The band previously broke up in 1996 but reformed in 2001.)

The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan dies at 65 2023

His struggles with alcohol and drugs have been well documented throughout his career, giving McGowan a reputation as a rowdy, often difficult-to-control star.

The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan dies at 65 2023

While away from The Pogues, he formed the band Shane McGowan & The Pops, which played Irish folk and rock music together until 2005.

From 2015, as his health gradually declined, McGowan was working on an album of cover songs in collaboration with Irish band Cronin.

She is survived by Clarke, whom she married in 2018, her sister Siobhan, and her father Maurice.

McGowan also reportedly fathered a child around 1991, but later told the British tabloid The Telegraph that he “wouldn’t want to have any children as a father.” (It is unclear whether they actually had any children.)

Tributes to McGowan have flooded social media, with many high-profile fans paying tribute to the late musician.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins called McGowan one of “music’s greatest songwriters”.

“The genius of Shane’s contribution lies in the fact that his songs measure our dreams, as Shane says – of many worlds, and especially of love, of the expatriate experience and of authenticity and the challenges faced.” “To experience with courage, and to live and see, those aspects of life from which many turn away,” Higgins wrote.

“His words have connected Irish people around the world with their culture and history, capturing so many human emotions in the most poetic way.”

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