Pogues' guitarist Phil Chevron dies at 56 from cancer
LONDON (REUTERS) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said.
Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including Rum, Sodomy And The Lash and If I Should Fall From Grace With God.
Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad Thousands Are Sailing.
"He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. Dublin town, and the world, just got smaller," the Pogues said in a statement on their website. "His loved ones are in our thoughts."