PUBLISHED: 10:38, Tue, Nov 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:38, Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Kirsty MacColl is a huge part of Christmas thanks to The Pogues's big festive hit, The Fairytale of New York. However, sadly that time of year is a difficult one for her family, as it was the same time the singer died. But how did Kirsty MacColl die and when did it happen?
In December 2000, Kirsty took her sons Jamie, 15, and Louis, 13, to Mexico on holiday.
But while enjoying the break, Kirtsy died in a horrific accident.
A statement released at the time said: “Singer Kirsty MacColl died tragically yesterday afternoon in a boating accident in Cozumel, Mexico, where she was holidaying with her two sons.
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Kirsty MacColl - how did she die? (Image: Getty)
Shane McGowan and Kirsty MacColl (Image: Getty)
“The accident happened when Kirsty, a keen diver, was hit by a speedboat travelling illegally in an area reserved for swimmers.
“Her two children were with her in the water at the time, but both of them are alright.”
Reports at the time suggested her son, Jamie, was in the path of the boat, but Kirsty pushed him out of the way and was hit herself.
The statement continued: “Kirsty has a long and illustrious career in music ranging from hits of her own like ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis’ to work with everyone from Johnny Marr to Big Country to Simple Minds and most famously Shane MacGowan and The Pogues on the poignant