After years of fighting esophageal cancer, the Pogues
guitarist Philip Chevron
passed away yesterday (October 8) in Dublin at the age of 56.
The sad news were confirmed on the official website
, along with the band's brief statement. "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family. The Pogues."
Although the initial 2007 cancer treatment had the guitarist cleared of disease by April 2012, a new tumor emerged several months later and couldn't be treated as the treatment itself was believed to "almost certainly cause stroke or worse."
The official statement also included the words Philip once wrote for the passing of another great musician, this time dedicated to Chevron himself.
"We'd like to add our voices of sorrow to the many others in Irish and international music and theater on the death of our friend, Philip Chevron, who died in Dublin today, aged 56. As was well known, Philip had been living with cancer for some time. He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. Dublin town, and the world, just got smaller. His loved ones are in our thoughts."
Before joining the Pogues ranks, Chevron was the founding member of The Radiators, a group commonly considered as Ireland's very first punk act.
Another great has left us. Rest in peace Mr. Chevron.