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Shane MacGowan's wife shares health update after singer's ICU hospital stay

Shane MacGowan is recovering in hospital after his latest illness
Shane MacGowan is recovering in hospital after his latest illness Shane MacGowan is recovering in hospital after his latest illness

Shane MacGowan is recovering after being treated in intensive care at a Dublin hospital.

Victoria Mary Clarke, wife of the Pogues frontman said on Saturday that Shane was “doing well and being looked after” .

The 65-year-old singer-songwriter was taken to hospital and spent a number of days in intensive care for an unspecified health issue.

His wife, 57-year-old Victoria Mary, told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “He is still in hospital but he is doing well and being looked after.

“I didn’t want to worry people. He is out of the ICU and doing well.”

It’s understood MacGowan has been treated in a Dublin hospital since late June. His wife did not address the reason for his hospital admission.

Read more: Who is Shane MacGowan?

Shane MacGowan at his wedding to Victoria Mary Clarke (red dress.) Their friend Johnny Depp played guitar at the ceremony
Shane MacGowan at his wedding to Victoria Mary Clarke (red dress.) Their friend Johnny Depp played guitar at the ceremony Shane MacGowan at his wedding to Victoria Mary Clarke (red dress.) Their friend Johnny Depp played guitar at the ceremony

The latest health scare comes just months after his last hospital stay in December 2022 when he was treated for an infection.

MacGowan uses a wheelchair following accidents in 2016 and 2020.

He now has a full-time carer after he fell and broke his pelvis in 2016. In late 2020, he broke his knee and tore ligaments.

Victoria Mary recently hinted at the latest health scare in an Instagram post last month in which she tagged her husband’s account.

Shane MacGowan and Bruce Springsteen (Image: Twitter/Victoria Mary Clarke)
Shane MacGowan and Bruce Springsteen (Image: Twitter/Victoria Mary Clarke) Shane MacGowan and Bruce Springsteen (Image: Twitter/Victoria Mary Clarke)

She said: “There has been a lot of turbulence in my life recently and it’s been very emotional and also scary.

“But this past few days I have noticed that even though there’s a LOT of fear there is also a huge amount of love and support and incredible blessings.

“I think that our minds can be VERY resistant to change and to having our lives shaken up and rearranged and we need to be very gentle and patient with ourselves...

“It’s a challenge to stay present with your feelings.

“Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me and @shanemacgowanofficial.”

He is rarely seen in public and connects with his legions of fans via social media although famous fans of the star often visit him at home including recently Bruce Springsteen.