Phil Chevron Dies; Pogues Guitarist Was 56

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Guitar player Phil Chevron of the Pogues has passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said in a statement Tuesday.

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Chevron (real name was Philip Ryan) was a core member of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk group that made its international name in the 1980s and early 1990s.

"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 earlier today.

"His loved ones are in our thoughts."

Chevron, who was born in Dublin, started out with the Irish act The Radiators From Space, which has been described as Ireland's first punk band.

He moved to London where he joined the Pogues, fronted by fellow Irishman Shane MacGowan. He played banjo and mandolin and sang as well.

Chevron stayed with the Pogues after MacGowan left in 1991 and was replaced by Joe Strummer, ex-frontman of The Clash. The band split up in 1996.

He later reformed the Radiators with ex-Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan.

When the Pogues reformed in 2001 and interest in them revived, Chevron remastered the band's back catalogue on CD and took a big role in their reunion tours.

He was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2007 and was given a clean bill of health in April 2012 but the cancer returned. May he rest in peace.

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cancer is indeed a serious business.

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