Renowned Irish music figure Frank Murray, who worked with the likes of The Pogues and Thin Lizzy, has died.
According to Hot Press, he passed away suddenly in Dublin earlier today, Thursday December 22.
While the cause of his death is still unknown, it is thought to be the result of a heart attack.
Murray first became known for working as Thin Lizzy's tour manager and worked closely with frontman Phil Lynott.
After that he went on to work alongside Elton John and The Specials, The Frames, Kirsty McColl and The Pogues.
He was centrally involved in the conception of the band's iconic Christmas song Fairytale of New York and brought in British singer McColl, who died in 2000, to work on the track.
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Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said of Murray: "Frank was widely loved in rock ’n’ roll circles. He was a great talker and story-teller and had lived through so much, and worked with so many great people, that he was a fountain of hugely entertaining yarns and stories.
"He was driven by a great love of music. But he was also immensely knowledgeable. He knew the history of rock ’n’ roll inside out. And he was always alive to what was happening now, and remained open to new artists and new genres. It is a desperately sad moment for Irish rock music. He will be hugely missed by everyone who knew him."
Since the news of his death broke, people have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the much-loved Irish music figure.
Very sad that Frank Murray has passed away. Some man for the yarns and wildly passionate about music. Condolences to friends and family— Stuart Clark (@stuartclark66) December 22, 2016
Frank Murray was a champion to Irish music and will be dearly missed in Dublin. Deepest condolences to his friends and family— Dublin Ireland (@DublinLife) December 22, 2016
Pogues Manager and Thin Lizzy Man Frank Murray Dies | Music | News | Hot Press https://t.co/VT6YCwRQRj— Cath C Watt ?????? (@Aunty_Caf) December 22, 2016
RIP Frank Murray. Terribly sad news. https://t.co/Hpue3x6aDu— curryvan (@curryvan) December 22, 2016
RIP Frank Murray.— Sean Meaney (@seanmeaney) December 22, 2016
I can't believe he's gone.
Sad news at such a festive time.
Another good guy gone. Seems to be a pattern. And a depressing one at that. Frank Murray was such a gent. Will be so missed. Rip...— Dave Allen (@dwallen67) December 22, 2016
Deeply saddened and devastated to learn of the passing of my old Thin Lizzy pal, Frank Murray. Rest peacefully. :( https://t.co/hu036nU41k— Liam Tuohy (@djleejt) December 22, 2016
We were lucky to have Frank Murray speak at one of our 'Dublin Songs and Stories' nights. A great character and a gentleman. RIP. https://t.co/yX0wKyXUEE— Come Here To Me (@chtmdublin) December 22, 2016
Sorry to hear about the passing of Frank Murray - manager of The Pogues and Thin Lizzy. Lovely man and supporter of BalconyTV.— BalconyTV (@BalconyTV) December 22, 2016
So sad to hear about Frank Murray passing away. Lovely man.— Stephen O'Regan (@stephenoreg) December 22, 2016
Really sad news that #FrankMurray has died. RIP— Nic N (@NicJNo) December 22, 2016