Irish music legend Shane MacGowan dead at 65

December 6, 2023

The Daily Record reported last Thursday that Irish musical superstar Shane MacGowan passed away at the age of 65 after battling health problems.

MacGowan is survived by his widow, Victoria Mary Clarke, who admitted on Monday that the shock of his death has yet to dissipate. 

Widow finds it "so hard to believe" that husband is gone

Clarke spoke of her husband's passing in a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter, writing, "It’s so hard to believe that someone could be so vibrant and beautiful and so determined to live only a few days ago."

"But so many people are losing loved ones all over the world. My prayers are for all of you guys as Shane’s would be," she went on to add.

Clarke also recalled her late husband's penchant for hard living, telling Good Morning Britain that he "pushed the boundaries of what humans can do to their bodies."

Clarke compared her marriage to "watching a racing driver"

She noted that their relationship "wasn’t always easy" as MacGowan could be "reckless and unconventional." She likened the experience to "watching a racing driver and not knowing if they were going to crash."

Clarke was far from alone in mourning the loss of her husband, as many of his fans quickly began posting tributes online.

Meanwhile, some social media users recalled his connection with fellow Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who also died earlier this year.

Johnny Depp called MacGowan's wedding "one of the most priceless moments"

The Record noted how in addition to O'Connor, MacGowan was known to collaborate with such artists as Kirsty MacColl, Joe Strummer, Nick Cave, Steve Earle, Johnny Depp, and Ronnie Drew.

Depp attended MacGowan's wedding to Clarke, once describing it as "one of the most priceless moments I've had with Shane."

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