The Pogues pay tribute to late guitarist Phillip Chevron

Irish band say they are: "hurt terribly" by the loss of "a remarkable and fantastically talented colleague."

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The Pogues' have paid tribute to guitarist Philip Chevron, who died earlier this week (October 8).

Chevron died aged 56, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He was successfully treated and given a clean bill of health in April 2012. However, another tumour appeared in August of the same year, which doctors deemed inoperable.

In a statement released to NME by The Pogues record label, the band say they are: "hurt terribly" by the loss of "a remarkable and fantastically talented colleague".

The full statement reads: "The news of Philip's death on Tuesday morning, from complications brought about by throat cancer, has hurt us terribly. Philip was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006 and after a gruelling period of chemotherapy which he had fought with such dignity, strength and heroism, he was declared to be in remission."

"But in a tragic stroke last August he returned from visiting his oncologist with the harrowing news that his cancer had returned, and that this time it was inoperable," it continues. "It has been no consolation that we have all had months to prepare for the worst; when the worst came yesterday morning, the preparations we had made turned out to be futile, and the impact has been felt very deeply.

"The hole that his death has left will be huge. He was a remarkable and fantastically talented colleague, but most of all a friend. Our thoughts go out to his fans, who loved him unanimously. But above all, our thoughts are now with his family, with those he held dear and who have held him dear. Philip will be missed terribly and will always be in our hearts."

Chevron joined The Pogues in 1985, after they released their debut album 'Red Roses For Me'. His recruitment was initially intended to only be temporary but by the time the group's second album 'Rum, Sodomy & The Lash' was released later that year he had become a full-time member.

Although Shane MacGowan wrote most of The Pogues' songs, Chevron composed one track from their 'If I Should Fall From Grace With God' album, 'Thousands Are Sailing'. A version of the song later featured on the soundtrack for BBC TV show Bringing It All Back Home.

The guitarist was also the founder of one of Ireland's first punk bands, The Radiators From Space, in 1976. The five piece released two albums – 1977's 'TV Tube Heart' and 1979's 'Ghostown', the latter of which was produced by Tony Visconti. After reuniting in 2004 as The Radiators (Plan 9), they released two further albums in 'Trouble Pilgrim' and 'Sound City Beat', a collection of cover songs.

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