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Shane MacGowan’s wife gives health update as Pogues star remains in hospital

The Irish folk-punk icon has been in hospital since June.

By Nick Reilly

Shane MacGowan (Picture: Wikicommons)

Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke has shared an emotional update as the Pogues star continues to receive hospital care in Ireland.

The folk-punk icon has received inpatient care in Ireland since June, just months after he was previously admitted in December last year with viral encephalitis – a condition that causes the brain to swell.

In a new update yesterday (November 14), Clarke shared a photo of MacGowan using breathing apparatus, while also thanking his Pogues bandmate Spider Stacy and Irish musician Terry Woods for visiting him in hospital.

“I just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who has been messaging me and @ShaneMacGowan and thank you @spiderstacy and Terry Woods for coming to visit him,” she wrote.

“Love and prayers for everyone who is struggling right now. Hang in there!”

Last month, she also shared her hopes that MacGowan would soon be discharged from hospital.

“Feeling really really grateful that @ShaneMacGowan is looking so bright today!” Clarke said. “And we [are] as determined as ever to get home! Thank you a million times to all of the doctors and nurses and all of the staff and everyone who is visiting him!”

Clarke has been in a relationship with MacGowan for decades, and the couple tied the knot in 2018.