He was best known as the front man of The Pogues

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Musician and singer Shane MacGowan, best known as the frontman of The Pogues, has died at the age of 65.

His wife Victoria Mary Clarke shared the news on Instagram and said, “Shane will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love of my life”.

The Irish star had suffered from several health issues in recent years and had been receiving care in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin for an infection earlier this month.

His wife Victoria had been updating fans on his health over the past few months and has expressed her thanks to staff who had been taking care of him.

Born on Christmas Day in 1957 he will always be remembered with one of the most popular Christmas songs in history.

Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, the band also had hits including Dirty Old Town, The Irish Rover, A Pair Of Brown Eyes and A Rainy Night In Soho.

President Michael D. Higgins has expressed his great sadness saying, “His words have connected Irish people all over the globe to their culture and history, encompassing so many human emotions in the most poetic of ways.”

Shane was presented with a lifetime achievement award in the National Concert Hall by President Higgins in January 2018, with performers including Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, and Glen Hansard all paying tribute as he marked his 60th birthday.