Shane MacGowans cause of death shared by heartbroken wife Victoria Mary Clarke

The wife of the late Shane MacGowan, Victoria Mary Clarke, has confirmed the Fairytale of New York singer’s cause of death. The Pogues star’s fans were left devastated yesterday to hear he had died after struggling with a brain condition for eight years.

The star died in the early hours of Thursday morning at his home in Dublin surrounded by his family. Shane, who was 65 when he died, had been released from hospital just last week as he battled viral encephalitis.

According to the New York Times, his wife Victoria has now confirmed Shane’s cause of death to be pneumonia. It comes after the musician’s wife released a tear-jerking statement on social media on behalf of The Pogues as well as Shane’s sister Siobhan and his father Maurice.

On Instagram, Victoria wrote: “I don’t know how to say this … So I am just going to say it. Shane who will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love. […]

“Shane … has gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Therese. I am blessed beyond words to have met him and to have loved him and to have been so endlessly and unconditionally loved by him and to have had so many years of life and love.”

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