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Ray Rahman
October 08, 2013 AT 08:25 PM EDT

Phil Chevron, guitarist of the Pogues, died in Dublin today at the age of 56, the AP reports. According to his manager, Chevron was being treated for head and neck cancer.

The Irish-born Chevron — born Philip Ryan — had been a member of the Celtic folk-punk band since the ’80s; his credits include the popular fan favorites “Thousands Are Sailing” and “Lorelei,” among others. Before joining the Pogues, he was already an important figure in the Irish punk scene thanks to the Radiators in Space, the band he started in 1976.

On the website pogues.com, the band released the following short statement: “After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family.”

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