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Shane MacGowan

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Shane MacGowan
MacGowan in 1991
Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan

(1957-12-25)25 December 1957
Pembury, Kent, England
Died30 November 2023(2023-11-30) (aged 65)
Dublin, Ireland
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Years active1977–2020
(m. 2018)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • banjo
Formerly of

Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (25 December 1957 – 30 November 2023) was an Irish-British musician and singer-songwriter. He was best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Celtic punk band the Pogues. He was also a member of the Nipple Erectors and Shane MacGowan and the Popes, as well as producing his own solo material.

In the summer of 2015, MacGowan fell as he was leaving a Dublin studio, fracturing his pelvis. MacGowan was using a wheelchair since the accident.[1][2] Following years of deteriorating health, he died of pneumonia in 30 November 2023, aged 65.[3][4]


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  1. Gritt, Emma (16 December 2016). "Wheelchair bound Shane MacGowan shows off his new teeth as he attends charity event in Dublin". The Sun. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. "Fears grow for wheelchair-bound punk legend". Daily Mail. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. "Pogues frontman and songwriter Shane MacGowan dies aged 65". RTÉ. 30 November 2023. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  4. Welch, Jon (1 December 2023). "Shane MacGowan: Norwich pub pays tribute to Pogues star". BBC News. Retrieved 1 December 2023. the star died at home in Dublin, aged 65.

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