Legendary Pogues frontman, and all round genius, Shane MacGowan, has died aged 65.

The songwriter and  vocalist had been receiving treatment in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin for several months for an infection.

He was discharged from hospital on November 22 and returned home to spend quality time with his wife, Victoria Mary Clarke.

A statement from The Pogues on behalf of Shane’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke, his sister Siobhan and father Maurice said: “It is with the deepest sorrow and heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Shane MacGowan.

“Shane died peacefully at 3am this morning (30 November, 2023) with his wife Victoria and family by his side.

“Prayers and the last rites were read which gave comfort to his family.

Born in Kent, England, to Irish parents, MacGowan joined the punk band The Nipple Erectors before founding the Pogues in 1982. He drew upon his Irish heritage when founding The Pogues and changed his early punk style for a more traditional sound with tutoring from his extended family. Between 1985 and 1987, he co-wrote the Christmas hit “Fairytale of New York“, which he performed with Kirsty MacColl. In the following years MacGowan and The Pogues released several albums.

Ironically for all it is linked with Christmas Fairytale has never been a seasonal number one.

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For what it’s worth this is our favourite McGowan song.