Shane MacGowan's wife 'overwhelmed' by love after singer's death

Shane MacGowan’s wife reveals she’s ‘overwhelmed’ by messages of love and support after singer’s death – amid campaign to make Fairytale of New York Christmas No1

  • Last week his wife Victoria Mary Clarke said she would ‘miss him so much’ 

The wife of The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has said she has been ‘overwhelmed’ by messages of love and support since his death amid a campaign to get Fairytale of New York to the Christmas number one slot on the charts.

Victoria Mary Clarke, 57, said it has been ‘obviously very tough’ since Shane died last week at the age of 65, following a battle with pneumonia.

He had been discharged from hospital over a week before after undergoing treatment for viral encephalitis, a condition in which swelling develops on the brain. 

The couple married in 2018 after an 11-year engagement, having been together for decades.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Victoria said her husband ‘wouldn’t mind too much’ if his hit Christmas song doesn’t make it to the top of the charts – an accolade it has never quite been able to achieve. 

Shane MacGowen and Victoria Mary Clarke married in 2018 after spending decades together

‘I don’t know if it was ever that important to him. He really appreciated the fact that so many people love it and it means so much to so many people. Being number one isn’t really all about being appreciated,’ she said.

She has shared a series of heartbreaking tributes to The Pogues star since his death in Dublin last Thursday, yesterday sharing an image of him smiling as she said he had ‘a way of lighting up everyone around him’.

This morning she described how her late husband was ever supportive of her work, adding: ‘I loved standing on the side of the stage watching him sing.

‘It wasn’t always easy as you all know because he pushed the boundaries and he was reckless and he was daring and very unconventional. 

‘It was like watching a racing driver and not knowing if they were gonna crash watching him go on stage.’

Victoria also revealed her biggest fear of the past 35 years has been the prospect of losing a loved one, most of all Shane.

She said: ‘It’s going to happen, you can’t really get around that, you all are going to lose a loved one. 

‘I know that for me I’ve spent many many years, probably about 35 years worrying about losing Shane because he just pushed the boundaries so much of what humans can do to their bodies, so I dreaded that and I thought that I would fall apart. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Victoria said she had been ‘overwhelmed’ at the support she has received since Shane’s death

Singers Kirsty MacColl, who died in 2000, and Shane MacGowan, who collaborated on the beloved Christmas song

Victoria has admitted she’s ‘going to miss him so much’ as she shared a selection of snaps with The Pogues hitmaker after his death on Thursday

Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke has shared a heartbreaking tribute to the late star, after his death aged 65 last week

‘I thought I would die. I thought I would not be able to speak, I thought I’d be comatosed or on drugs myself or something like that. 

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‘So I just want you all to know that it’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be.

‘There’s a huge amount of love that comes your way when you lose someone that you don’t expect, and I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the love and support there is.’

Last week, Victoria admitted she’s ‘going to miss him so much’ as she shared a selection of snaps with The Pogues hitmaker after his death.

Victoria took X, formerly known as Twitter, to post a tender snap of herself sharing a kiss with the musician, adding that she was going to miss ‘every little part of him.’

Alongside the image of Shane smiling in a taxi, Victoria penned: ‘It’s so hard to believe that someone could be so vibrant and beautiful and so determined to live only a few days ago. But so many people are losing loved ones all over the world…

‘My prayers are for all of you guys as Shane’s would be.’ Shane was always able to smile right until the last and his smile had a way of lightning up everyone around him no matter how much he was struggling or in pain…

‘I hope this smile can still work its magic.’

The legendary Irish rocker, who was behind the iconic Christmas song Fairytale of New York, died ‘peacefully’ at 3am on Thursday with his wife and family by his side.

The death of the legendary rocker was announced by Victoria in a post on Instagram.

It comes just three days after she shared a touching photo of the singer beaming in his hospital bed alongside the news he had left St Vincent’s Hospital.

Hours after Shane’s death was announced, The Pogues’ track Fairytale Of New York soared to the top of iTunes charts, and it is hoped the track will land the coveted Christmas Number One.

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