Shane MacGowan’s wife says The Pogues frontman is ‘out of hospital’ | Ents & Arts News


Shane MacGowan’s wife has said The Pogues singer is out of hospital.

MacGowan65, is believed to have been in intensive care for the past few months after being diagnosed with viral encephalitis last year.

It is a serious condition where the brain becomes inflamed. It can be life-threatening and requires urgent treatment in hospital.

On Thursday, his wife, Irish journalist Victoria Mary Clarke, said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter: “Shane is out of the hospital!

“We are deeply and eternally grateful to all the doctors and nurses and staff at St Vincent’s, it is the best!

“And a special thanks to Tom Creagh and Brian Corscadden for your help.”

Ms Clarke had previously posted an update on the singer’s health, saying he was “feeling much better”.

She had also thanked well-wishers when posts a photo of the Fairytale Of New York singer in a hospital bed last week.

The singer’s bandmates Spider Stacy and Terry Woods had visited him recently, she revealed.

Former Pogues member Shane MacGowan performs on stage with his group The Popes at the 10th annual Fleadh in Finsbury Park, north London.
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Shane McGowan in 1999

The 57-year-old also wrote about her fears in an Instagram post earlier this month, saying she was “faced with the terrifying fear of loss”.

She wrote: “Love is the most beautiful and powerful thing we can experience as humans, but love can also feel painful, especially if you are afraid of losing someone or something else you love.”

“Sometimes when you love very deeply, you will find yourself facing terrifying fears of loss that can feel so great and devastating that you don’t know how to survive them and you can’t imagine life without this person you love,” she added.

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Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan. Image: Mark Large/ANL/Shutterstock

The couple married in 2018 at Copenhagen City Hall in Denmark after more than 32 years together.

The singer has faced numerous health issues in recent years.

In 2015, MacGowan broke his pelvis and has used a wheelchair since.

Six years later, he broke his knee in a fall before tearing ligaments in his left leg.

He never fully recovered from his injuries and confirmed in April that he “can’t walk anymore”.

MacGowan has also been open about his battle with addiction.

In 2015, he received a full set of dental implants as his real teeth were destroyed by decades of drinking and drug use.


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