RIP Phillip Chevron
The Pogues guitarist Philip Chevron, 56, dies after losing long battle with cancer
Musician Philip Chevron, long-time guitarist with Irish folk-punk act The Pogues, has died after a battle with cancer.
The 56-year-old, who died on Tuesday, performed on some of the band's best known albums including Rum, Sodomy And The Lash and If I Should Fall From Grace With God after joining the line-up in 1984.
His **** was announced on the group's website with a statement which said: ‘After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his ****.’
Chevron - whose real name was Philip Ryan - had performed with Irish punk act The Radiators From Space before joining The Pogues, fronted by Shane MacGowan.
He was treated for head and neck cancer in 2007 and was later given a clean bill of health.
The following year he embarked on a tour of the US with the popular band and managed to sing Thousands Are Sailing during every show.
Thousands Are Sailing was written by Chevron, as was the song Lorelei, proving his ability as a ****/ songwriter.
In May 2013 it was announced that the cancer had returned and that it was ‘lethal’ after he had been told that operating on the tumour carried too great a risk.
His last public appearance was at the Olympia Theatre for a fundraiser in August of the same year.
Chevron also contributed banjo and mandolin to Pogues recordings.
He left the band in 1994 following much-publicised problems with drugs and alcohol and during the break he reformed The Radiators with ****-Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan.
In later years, he became almost an unofficial spokesperson for The Pogues, as well as a source of information on the reclusive Shane MacGowan—frequently visiting online forums and directly answering questions from fans.
In 2004, he personally oversaw the remastering and re-release of The Pogues' entire back catalogue on CD, after their successful reunion tour in 2001.