Shane MacGowan Wife, Age, Family, Career, Death, and Net Worth

Shane MacGowan wife was Victoria Mary Clarke. The couple were married in November 2018, in Copenhagen after an 11-year engagement.

Shane was a famous British-born Irish singer-songwriter and musician who is best recognized as a lead vocalist and primary lyricist of the Celtic punk band the Pogues.

Sadly, this rockstar passed away on November 30, 2023, at the age of 65 due to pneumonia. However, his legacy and music will always be around the people.

With his exceptional talent in songwriting, The New York Times described him as, “a titanically destructive personality and a master songsmith whose lyrics painted vivid portraits of the underbelly of Irish immigrant life”.

Continue reading the article to know details on Shane MacGowan wife, family, career, death, net worth, and more.

Shane MacGowan Biography: Age and Early Life

Former legendary musician Shane MacGowan was born on 25 December 1957, in Pembury, Kent. As of 2023, Shane was 65 years old.

Singer and Musician Shane MacGowan
Singer and Musician Shane MacGowan

Shane spent his childhood living in many parts of southeast England and attended an English public school. During his early life, he was into literature and also won a literary contest at the age of 13 sponsored by the Daily Mirror.

Likewise, he was offered a scholarship to Westminster School due to his talent in literature. However, he was expelled in his second year after getting caught in possession of drugs.

Due to his drug addiction, MacGowan spent six months in a psychiatric hospital and was diagnosed with acute situational anxiety. After the recovery, he joined St Martin’s School of Art and started a punk fanzine.

Shane MacGowan Wikipedia

Full Name Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan
Nick Name Shane O’Hooligan
Date of Birth 25 December 1957
Date of Death 30 November 2023 (aged 65)
Birth Place Pembury, Kent, England
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Ethnicity White (Irish)
Religion Christianity
Nationality Irish
Education High School Graduate
Net Worth $5 Million

Shane MacGowan Family: Ethnicity and Nationality

Shane MacGowan was born to Maurice MacGowan (father) and Therese MacGowan (mother). His father was from a middle-class background in Dublin and worked in the department store.

Likewise, his mother worked as a typist at a convent and was a traditional Irish dancer and model. He grew up along with his parents and a younger sister, Siobhan MacGowan who was born in 1963.

His sister is a journalist, writer, and songwriter. Shane’s parents were born in Irish and the family moved to England when Shane was six and a half years old.

Furthermore, he belongs to the white ethnic group and believes in the Christian religion. He believed in Roman Catholicism and called himself, “a free-thinking religious fanatic”. Shane also prayed to the Buddha.

Shane MacGowan’s Father, Mother, Sister, and Brother

Father Mr. Maurice MacGowan
Mother Mrs. Therese MacGowan
Brother No Brother
Sister Siobhan MacGowan

Shane MacGowan’s Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance


In Feet Inches: 5’ 9’’

In Meters: 1.77 m.

In Centimeters: 177 cm.

Weight Unknown
Hair Color Dyed in Ghost-White
Eye Color Brown

Shane MacGowan Wife

Shane MacGowan was married to his love of life, Victoria Mary Clarke, who is an Irish journalist. Clarke is eight years junior to Shane MacGowan.

Shane MacGowan with wife, Victoria
Shane MacGowan with wife, Victoria Mary Clarke

The couple were married on 26 November 2018 after their 11-year-long engagement. They had their marriage ceremony held in Copenhagen.

Shane and Victoria were living in Dublin and although having a happy married life didn’t share any children. Journalist, Victoria wrote a biography, A Drink with Shane MacGowan which was dedicated to her husband.

Clarke was born on 11 January 1965 and currently living in his late 50s i.e., 58 years old. As a writer and journalist, Clarke has written several newspapers and magazines in Britain and Ireland. Furthermore, she is the author of Angel in Disguise.

Shane MacGowanWife and Children

Marital Status Married
Wife Victoria Mary Clarke
Marriage Date 26 November 2018
Children None

Shane MacGowan Career and Profession

From an early age, Shane was into music and had formed the punk band, the Nipple Erectors along with Shanne Bradley.

Similarly, in 1982, he founded the Pogues where his songs were mostly influenced by Irish nationalism and Irish history. However, the band, Pogues was dismissed in 1992 and Shane formed a new band, Shane MacGowan and The Popes.

The band recorded two studio albums, a live album, a live DVD, and three tracks on the Popes Outlaw Heaven. Again in 2005, the band was dismissed as he rejoined the Pogues permanently.

Although he was into Pogues, he was involved in a new five-piece backing band, the Shane Gang. Talking about his most recent career, he recorded several songs in 2020 with the Irish indie band Cronin.

Shane MacGowan Death

Musician Shane MacGowan was hospitalized on December 6, 2022, for an infection and was diagnosed with viral encephalitis. Likewise, in July 2023, he was again hospitalized for an infection in an intensive care unit. However, he was discharged from St. Vincent’s University Hospital in November 2023.

Sadly, on November 30, 2023, MacGowan breathed for the last time beside his wife at his home in Dublin due to pneumonia. His funeral was held on December 8 in Dublin where his coffin was carried on a horse-drawn carriage as his fans lined the streets for his funeral procession.

Several big celebrities such as Nick Cave, Johnny Deep, Bob Geldof, Aidan Gillen, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, and former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams were present during his funeral.

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Shane MacGowan Net Worth

Throughout his active career of over four decades from 1977 to 2020, Shane MacGowan has earned a good amount of money which would be a great help for his wife after his death.

However, as of 2023, Shane MacGowan had owned a total net worth of around $5 million.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is Shane MacGowan?

British-born Irish singer-songwriter and musician.

Who is Shane MacGowan wife?

Victoria Mary Clarke (m. 2018)

When did Shane MacGowan die?

30 November 2023 (aged 65)

How did Shane MacGowan die?

Due to pneumonia.

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