The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan dies after health battle left him unable to walk
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    Shane MacGowan, best known for his role in The Pogues, has died aged 65. His wife confirmed the news with an emotional statement, saying: "Shane will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love of my life".

    The Fairytale of New York singer sadly has passed away after various health battles had left him needing a wheelchair and unable to walk. Shane had been struggling with his health since 2015 after he fell and broke his pelvis.

    The singer went on to fall and break a knee and then tore ligaments which never fully healed. MacGowan admitted that he “couldn’t walk anymore” during an interview in April 2022.

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    Shane, who was using a wheelchair to get around, was later taken into hospital on December 2, 2022 for medical care. His wife Victoria Mary Clarke took to Twitter to share the news and asked fans to send their well wishes to the musician.

    She wrote: “Please send prayers and healing vibes to Shane MacGowan, [he’s] in hospital again and really hoping to get out ASAP!! Thank you.”

    Fans flocked to the comments to support the star and send their best to him as he received treatment. One touching message read: “Not at Christmas, the man is the sound of Christmas and the line ‘You’re the measure of my dreams’ are the words I dream a man will finally think of me one day.”

    Shane has previously opened up about his previous addiction which affected his health to the point where he needed a carer to assist him.

    His substance abuse took a toll on his body and teeth which led him to get a completely new set of teeth back in 2015.

    More recently, Shane's wife has been keeping fans updated on how he had been doing. He had been in hospital hooked up to breathing apparatus for treatment for a serious brain condition.

    Victoria thanks fans for the support and well wishes. She said: "I just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who has been messaging me and ⁦@ShaneMacGowan⁩ and thank you ⁦@spiderstacy⁩ and Terry Woods for coming to visit him.

    "Love and prayers for everyone who is struggling right now. Hang in there!" Shane's bandmates Spider Stacy and Terry Woods have been to visit the singer in hospital.

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