“A true friend and the greatest songwriter of his generation”: The Pogues icon Shane MacGowan has died aged 65

Shane MacGowan
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Shane MacGowan – celebrated singer-songwriter and frontman of iconic Anglo-Irish band The Pogues – has died at the age of 65, it has been confirmed.

MacGowan’s wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, broke the news in a post on social media. In tribute to MacGowan, she wrote, “You gave so much joy to so many people with your heart and soul and your music.”

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.