The sad news filtered through yesterday about the death of Shane MacGowan aged 65. He nearly made 66 given his birthday was on Christmas Day.
It is perhaps no surprise given that he had been in hospital for several months with viral encephalitis. I'm just speculating but perhaps he had been allowed home to die peacefully with his family. Given his lifestyle many would not have put money on him reaching 55 or maybe even 45 but he has always defied the odds and clearly was a fighter.
He was also a terrific songwriter and a great interpreter of traditional tunes. He will probably be best remembered for his classic Christmas song Fairytale of New York on which he was accompanied by the equally great Kirsty MacCall another one who was taken to soon.
It would be a fitting tribute if it was this years Christmas number one rather than some knob singing about sausage rolls.
It was a hair raising ride that ended too soon. He was a man you don't meet every day. Time to rest easy Shane.