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Pogues guitarist Philip Chevron has inoperable cancer

By Luke Byrne

A member of the legendary Irish trad-punk band The Pogues has revealed that he is suffering from "lethal" inoperable cancer.

The guitar player Philip Chevron (55) made the announcement on the band's website yesterday.

The multi-instrumentalist and producer, who is from Dublin, was treated for cancer to his head and neck in 2007 and was given a clean bill of health.

However, last year his doctors noticed a new tumour and informed him that any operation would almost certainly cause a stroke or worse.

"The cancer is, in short, inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy," he said.

The musician, whose real name is Philip Ryan, has played in a number of groups over the last 40 years including The Radiators from Space, Ireland's first punk band.

In 1977 the band reached number 17 in the Irish charts with their debut single 'Television Screen'. During the recording of their first album, lead singer Steve Rapid left the group and Chevron stepped forward to fill the role.

Chevron was invited to join The Pogues in 1984 following the release of their debut album 'Red Roses for Me'.

"Philip thanks his friends, colleagues, family and management team for their enduring support and hopes to make some notable musical contributions before, as he puts it, the cancer becomes 'lethal'," the statement said.

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