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The wife of The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has said she has been 'overwhelmed' by messages of love and support since his death amid a campaign to get Fairytale of New York to the Christmas number one slot on the charts.
Victoria Mary Clarke, 57, said it has been 'obviously very tough' since Shane died last week at the age of 65, following a battle with pneumonia.
He had been discharged from hospital over a week before after undergoing treatment for viral encephalitis, a condition in which swelling develops on the brain.
The couple married in 2018 after an 11-year engagement, having been together for decades.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Victoria said her husband 'wouldn't mind too much' if his hit Christmas song doesn't make it to the top of the charts - an accolade it has never quite been able to achieve.
Shane MacGowen and Victoria Mary Clarke married in 2018 after spending decades together
'I don't know if it was ever that important to him. He really appreciated the fact that so many people love it and it means so much to so many people. Being number one isn't really all about being appreciated,' she said.
She has shared a series of heartbreaking tributes to The Pogues star since his death in Dublin last Thursday, yesterday sharing an image of him smiling as she said he had 'a way of lighting up everyone around him'.
This morning she described how her late husband was ever supportive of her work, adding: 'I loved standing on the side of the stage watching him sing.
'It wasn't always easy as you all know because he pushed the boundaries and he was reckless and he was daring and very unconventional.
'It was like watching a racing driver and not knowing if they were gonna crash watching him go on stage.'
Victoria also revealed her biggest fear of the past 35 years has been the prospect of losing a loved one, most of all Shane.
She said: 'It's going to happen, you can't really get around that, you all are going to lose a loved one.
'I know that for me I've spent