Shane MacGowan, the frontman for The Pogues, passed away at the age of 65 after a recent hospital stay related to encephalitis, which he had originally been diagnosed with.
For a considerable amount of time, the singer-songwriter, whose songs include Fairytale of New York and A Pair of Brown Eyes from 1987, had been experiencing a state of illness.
MacGowan was also known to have issues with alcohol and drugs, which have been extensively documented.
The statement that MacGowan “meant the world to me” was made by his wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, on Instagram.
“I don’t know how to say this, so I am just going to say it here,” she wrote in her letter. Shane… has passed on to be with Jesus and Mary, as well as his cherished mother Therese.
She explained that MacGowan “will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love of my life and the most beautiful soul and beautiful angel and the sun and the moon and the start and end of everything that I hold dear” .
According to a statement released by a representative for MacGowan, the individual “passed away peacefully at 3.30am this morning (30 November) with his wife and sister by his side.
“Prayers and the last rites were read during his passing,” he explained further.
She reported that they celebrated their wedding anniversary and were thankful that they were “still alive” just a few days after Clarke reported that he had left the hospital on November 22.
From 1982 until their dissolution in 2014, MacGowan, who was born in Kent and was the son of Irish immigrants, served as the frontman for the band The Pogues.
The Irish punk band Pogue Mahone, which would eventually be abbreviated to The Pogues, was created by him in 1982. The band has released seven studio albums during his tenure.
Since its release in 1988, the Christmas song Fairytale of New York, which was written by MacGowan and performed by Kirsty MacColl in collaboration with The Pogues, has remained one of the most popular Christmas songs in the United Kingdom. The song reached number two on the chart.
In a video that was uploaded to social media websites on the evening of New Year’s Eve, MacGowan disclosed that he had been diagnosed with encephalitis previously.
According to the website of the National Health Service (NHS), it is a disorder when the brain gets inflamed, which is a rare but serious condition.
In addition, he had been confined to a wheelchair ever since 2015, when he sustained an injury in a fall.
The National Concert Hall in Dublin played host to a celebration of his 60th birthday in 2018, during which he was presented with a lifetime achievement award.
In the year 2020, a documentary titled “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan” was released, which was a documentary on his life.
Sinéad O’Connor, an Irish singer who passed away in July, was a close friend of his from the beginning.
“I am blessed beyond words to have met him and to have loved him and to have been so endlessly and unconditionally loved by him and to have had so many years of life and love and joy and fun and laughter and so many adventures,” Clarke wrote in her statement. “I am blessed beyond words to have had the opportunity to meet him and to have loved him.”
“There’s no way to describe the loss that I am feeling and the longing for just one more of his smiles that lit up my world.”
According to Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Shane MacGowan is considered to be one of the “greatest lyricists in the history of music.”
“Like so many across the world, it was with the greatest sadness that I learned this morning of the death of Shane MacGowan,” according to him.
“His words have connected Irish people all over the globe to their culture and history, encompassing so many human emotions in the most poetic of ways.”
“I remember Shane MacGowan when he was in his mid-teens and coming down the Roxy in Covent Garden to bang on unattended drums in his Union jack jacket,” the author Tony Parsons wrote in a message that he shared on social media.
It was a wacky youngster with a dream who eventually developed into one of the most remarkable talents these islands have ever seen. A creative megalomaniac. Have a restful night, Shane, and I’ll see you at the top of the list for Christmas.
Nick Cave, a musician, referred to him as “a true friend and the greatest songwriter of his generation,” and he also stated that it was “a very sad day.”
In addition, Tim Burgess, the vocalist for the Charlatans, paid respect to MacGowan by stating that he had “a life lived to the fullest.”
Lyrically, he is a genius. She was a source of motivation for a great number of us who aspired to be in bands. “I followed The Pogues to far-flung places, met Shane a few times, and watched some of the most exhilarating shows I’ve ever witnessed,” he also remarked on social media. “It was an incredible experience.”
Siobhan McSweeney, an actor who appeared in the film Derry Girls, has stated that Shane MacGowan “was the voice of London for us Irish.” She also stated that when she was anxious about traveling to the city, “he lured me over with songs about chancers, drinkers, lovers, poets, and scoundrels.”