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Hard-Living Irish Musician Shane MacGowan Received Last Rites Before He Died, Family Says

Brian Lawless
A candle burns next to a photograph of The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan at the Mansion House, in Dublin, after a book of condolence was open by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, following the announcement of the singers death aged 65.

MacGowan, 65, is best known as the co-author of the 1987 Christmas mega-hit Fairytale of New York, which still enters the charts each December, more than 35 years after its initial release.