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Former Pogues Manager Frank Murray Dies

DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland (CelebrityAccess) – Frank Murray, former manager of the legendary celtic rock outfit The Pogues, as well as Thin Lizzy and Elton John, died suddenly on Dec. 22nd. He was 66.

According to the Daily Mirror, Murray died of a suspected heart attack. while in Dublin. According to Billboard, Murray had undergone heart surgery several years ago but appeared to be in good health when he met with Pogue member Spider Stacy earlier this year.

"It does really feel like the end of something," The Pogues' Spider Stacy told Billboard. "I'm very sorry to see him go. He was brilliant really. I loved him deeply."

Murray began working with the Pogues in the 1980s and is credited for the electric pairing of the Pogues' thirsty frontman Shane McGowan and the late, great Kirsty MacColl for the band's classic Christmas ballad "Fairytale of New York."

As well, he was a close friend of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, and collaborated with The Specials.

'Please light a candle, say a little prayer for Frank Murray who left us today. RIP that wicked gleam in his eye, that kind heart,' former Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan tweeted on Thursday night. – Staff Writers