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The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan dies, aged 65

The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan dies, aged 65
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'Fairytale of New York' singer Shane MacGowan dies at the age of 65.

'Fairytale of New York' singer Shane MacGowan has died at the age of 65, his wife has announced.

The Pogues star had been battling ill health for some time, having multiple stints in hospital in recent months.

His wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, posted on social media: "I don't know how to say this so I am just going to say it. Shane who 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 has gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Therese.

"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.

"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. Thank you thank you thank you thank you for your presence in this world you made it so very bright and you gave so much joy to so many people with your heart and soul and your music. You will live in my heart forever.

"Rave on in the garden all wet with rain that you loved so much. You meant the world to me."

MacGowan is survived by Clarke, whom he married in 2018.

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