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The Pogues’ Darryl Hunt Dead At 72

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Darryl Hunt, who had a long tenure with the Pogues, has died.

The British-born bassist was 72.

At this time no cause of death has been given.

Before the Pogues, Hunt played in Plummet Airlines and the punk outfit The Favorites. He also played in the band Pride of the Cross with Cait O’Riordan, who was the original bass player for the Pogues.

After a time working on the Pogues’ road crew in various capacities—he was known to drive the van, oversee sound and work as the band’s tour manager—Hunt finally stepped in for O’Riordan when she left the group in 1986.

Hunt’s versatility also extended to his role in the band—he could play several instruments and he was a formidable songwriter, penning “Love You ‘Till the End,” “Big City,” “Modern World,” and “Living In a World Without Her.”

Hunt’s bandmates posted on Instagram a tribute to Hunt, writing: “We are saddened beyond words. Our Darryl passed away yesterday afternoon in London.”

Pogues singer Shane MacGowan also paid homage to Hunt: “I am very very sorry that Darryl has passed away, we will all miss him, he was a really great person and friend and a great bass player,” he wrote. “May he spend eternity doing whatever he wants to do in eternal bliss.”