Shane MacGowan, hard-drinking poet of The Pogues, dies.

Updated December 1 2023 - 12:25am, first published 12:21am
Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, best known for their ballad Fairytale of New York, has died aged 65. (AP PHOTO)
Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, best known for their ballad Fairytale of New York, has died aged 65. (AP PHOTO)

Shane MacGowan, the London-Irish punk who transformed Irish traditional music with The Pogues and penned some of the 1980s most haunting ballads before sinking into alcohol and drug addiction, has died aged 65.

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