According to published reports, Shane MacGowan, best known for his turn as the leader of Anglo-Celtic Punk Rock band The Pogues, has died. He was 65. He was unwell for a long time with medical problems, as well as MacGowan also had well-documented problems with drugs and alcohol. The news of his passing was shared by his wife. A statement from MacGowan’s spokesperson confirmed he “died peacefully at 3.30am this morning (30 November) with his wife and sister by his side”. “Prayers and the last rites were read during his passing,” he added. The musician, whose hits include 1987’s Fairytale of New York and A Pair of Brown Eyes was acclaimed as artists for multiple decades. RIP.