Published Oct 08, 2013This spring, we reported that Pogues member Philip Chevron was battling terminal cancer. Today (October 8), the guitarist sadly succumbed to the disease. He was 56.
A message on the Pogues website explains that Chevron died this morning. The brief statement reads, "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family."
Chevron first received treatment for cancer in 2007, and he was declared healthy in April 2012. The cancer returned in August 2012, when Chevron and his doctors found a new tumour in an inoperable position.
Chevron sung in the Irish punk band the Radiators from Space, which he co-founded in the '80s before joining the Pogues in the middle of that decade, initially on a temporary basis. He later became a full member and played on some of their more celebrated works, like 1985's Rum Sodody & the Lash and 1988's If I Should Fall from Grace with God. Chevron occasionally contributed to the group's songwriting, penning tunes like "Thousands Are Sailing" and "Lorelei."
In more recent years, he played with reunited versions of the Pogues and the Radiators.