The singer-songwriter, who died after a recent hospitalization following the diagnosis of encephalitis, had been unwell for some time
Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has died at the age of 65. The singer-songwriter, who died after a recent hospitalization following a diagnosis of encephalitis, had been unwell for some time. MacGowan also had problems with drugs and alcohol, we read on the BBC. His wife Victoria Mary Clarke said on Instagram that MacGowan “meant the world to me”. Last November 22, she said that her husband had left the hospital and a few days later she said that they had celebrated their wedding anniversary, grateful to be “still alive”.
Born in Kent, MacGowan was the son of Irish immigrants. In 1982 he formed the Irish punk band Pogue Mahone, later shortened to The Pogues, and released seven studio albums: he was part of the band until they broke up in 2014.
The artist revealed that he had been diagnosed with encephalitis last year in a video posted on social media on New Year’s Eve. According to the NHS website, this is an uncommon but serious condition, in which the brain becomes inflamed. Since 2015 he had also been using a wheelchair after being injured in a fall.