Shane McGowan visited by The Pogues bandmates in hospital

Pogues star Shane MacGowan has received some special visitors as he remains hospitalised (Picture: victoriamary/twitter)

Shane MacGowan has been visited by his former Pogues bandmates as he remains hospitalised.

The legendary Irish musician has suffered serious health setbacks in recent years, and has been in hospital for months, with his wife Victoria Mary Clarke often updating fans on his health.

Last Chrismas, the Fairytale of New York singer was hospitalised with life-threatening brain condition encephalitis, which has the potential to cause loss of movement and difficulty with speech.

In the year since, Shane has met with famous visitors from Imelda May to Bruce Springsteen, both at home and from his hospital bed.

In November, wife Victoria shared a photo of herself kissing her husband as he lay in hospital, sharing that she was beginning to face ‘terrifying feelings of loss.’

She has now shared another snap of her husband, looking frail but smiling in bed, and revealed his Pogues bandmates had been in to see him.

Shane MacGowan remains hospitalised as he’s visited by famous friends including his Pogues bandmates (Picture: Twitter)
The legendary Irish band are behind hits including Fairytale of New York and Rainy Night In Soho (Picture: NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

She gave a ‘massive thanks to everyone who has been messaging me and [Shane],’ before thanking Richard ‘Spider’ Stacy and Terry Woods, who played with The Pogues, for ‘coming to visit him’.

‘Love and prayers for everyone who is struggling right now. Hang in there,’ Victoria wrote.

In the photo accompanying the message, Shane looks up at the camera, braving a smile with a high-flow nasal cannula inserted to help assist with his breathing.

It comes days after Victoria shared her fear of losing a loved one in a thoughtful and heart-wrenching post to Instagram on Saturday, alongside an image of her and Shane kissing.

She wrote: ‘Love is  the most beautiful and powerful thing that we can experience as humans but love can also feel painful especially if you are afraid of losing a person or anything else that you love.’

Victoria has been sharing updates on her husband’s health as he remains in hospital (Picture: Instagram / Victoria Clarke
The couple have been together for 36 years and married inn 2018 (Picture: ANL/Shutterstock)

In a long and wide-ranging statement, she called for the need to ‘acknowledge and appreciate and accept’ every part of love, even the painful parts.

‘Sometimes when you love very deeply you will find yourself facing terrifying fears of loss that can feel so big and devastating that you don’t know how you can survive them and you can’t imagine life without this person that you love.’

The author, known for her spiritual beliefs and introspection, said she is working to ‘expand your consciousness beyond the limitations of your mind… discover more of who you really are and more of who your soul really is and more of your connection with this person who you love.

‘You might alternate between terror and a sense of peace,’ she wrote, adding ‘fear is an unknown place and this is what makes it so frightening.’

She finished: ‘Stay tuned in to love no matter what is happening in your world and keep inviting all of your angels and guides to support you and know that love is always the best choice.’

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