Shane MacGowan Passed Away At 65, Flea Recalls Getting Baptized By The Pogues Singer

The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has passed away at the age of 65.

MacGowan’s wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, shared the bad news of her husband’s death on her Instagram. She made the following explanation:

“There’s no way to describe the loss that I am feeling and the longing for just one more of his smiles that lit up my world.”

He passed away on November 30, Thursday.

RHCP Bassist Flea Got ‘Baptized’ by MacGowan

Many artists bid their farewells for the singer, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. He made a farewell post on his Instagram and recalled the memory of first meeting with him and getting ‘baptized.’ Sharing an old picture of the singer, Flea shared with the following:

“And now I say, god bless the great Irishman Shane MacGowan. Everytime I heard him sing I heard the truth, and my heart filled up with humanity. I once saw him sing with the Pogues at a festival in the late 80’s. It was so beautiful and I was reduced to tears. I approached him, and gushed, “Man that was so beautiful, thank you etc…'”

He then touched on the memory he could never forget about the singer:

“He looked at me and burst into laughter, accidentally spitting beer in my face, and it was not thoughtless or mean at all, he was just so humble and being a dude singing it seemed absurd to him to be elevated, like I was doing to him. I have never been a church going man or a religious man, but if I ever felt baptized, it was that beer and spit in my face that did it. I’m so grateful he sang his songs for us.”

What’s MacGowan’s Cause of Death?

In recent years, MacGowan faced several health challenges and had been using a wheelchair since he fractured his pelvis in 2015. Last year, he was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, a condition that can be life-threatening and leads to brain inflammation.

The singer had been released from Dublin’s St. Vincent’s Hospital on November 22 after treatment for an infection. He passed away on Thursday after an extended period of poor health.

You can see Flea’s post here.