Shane MacGowan’s spouse has stated the singer was “so vibrant and exquisite and so decided to reside just a few days in the past” earlier than his dying on the age of 65.
The Pogues’ frontman died “peacefully” at 3am on Thursday, simply weeks earlier than his 66th birthday on Christmas Day.
On Monday, Victoria Mary Clarke wrote on X: “It is so arduous to imagine that somebody might be so vibrant and exquisite and so decided to reside just a few days in the past.
“However so many individuals are dropping family members everywhere in the world. My prayers are for all of you guys as Shane’s can be.”
The Irish journalist, 57, had been conserving followers commonly up to date on his well being situation and in late November she stated he was lately discharged from St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
In a follow-up publish on Monday, she additionally wrote: “Shane was at all times in a position to smile proper till the final and his smile had a means of lighting up everybody round him regardless of how a lot he was struggling or in ache.
“I hope this smile can nonetheless work its magic.”
MacGowan had been recognized with encephalitis following his newest bout of unwell well being and after years of alcohol and substance abuse.
In keeping with the New York Instances, his spouse stated he died of pneumonia.
Clarke has additionally stated she helps a marketing campaign for The Pogues’ most well-known tune, Fairytale Of New York, to make it to primary this Christmas.
Initially launched in 1987 and beforehand peaking at quantity two, the band’s gritty festive tune has by no means reached the highest spot within the UK charts.
The announcement of MacGowan’s dying was met with an outpouring of tributes, together with from Bruce Springsteen, who stated folks can be “singing Shane’s songs 100 years from now”.