Radiators from Space founder and Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron has passed away following a long battle with cancer.
The much-loved musician and songwriter died at around midday today, Tuesday October 8th, at the age of 56.
Chevron was last seen publicly in August at a Testimonial fundraiser at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre that saw actor Aidan Gillen and writer Roddy Doyle join many musical acts to pay tribute to the terminally-ill guitarist.
Born Philip Ryan in the Dublin suburb of Santry, he suffered from a recurrence of head and neck cancer. He was first diagnosed with throat cancer in the summer of 2007 and had been undergoing treatment ever since.
Plans are being put in place for a memorial service, but no date or location have been set at this time.
Chevron was a pivotal figure in the Irish music scene and was a founding member of Irish punk pioneers The Radiators From Space, whose 1979 album Ghostown is a landmark in Irish rock.
Chevron is credited with penning classic Radiators' songs including Television Screen – the first punk single in the world to make the top 20 – as well Ballad of the Faithful Departed and Under Clery’s Clock.
After the Radiators split, Chevron went on to join The Pogues as a full-time member in 1984 and wrote some of their greatest songs including Thousands are Sailing.
Here's Under Clery's Clock by The Radiators From Space: