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Singer Kristy MacColl killed by speedboat

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Pierce O’Reilly

The singer and songwriter Kirsty MacColl, who became famous with the Pogues in 1987 when they recorded "Fairytale of New York," has died in a boat accident in Mexico.

It’s reported that the 41-year-old star was swimming in the ocean when she was run over by a speedboat.

The "Fairytale of New York" song has been one of the most popular Christmas songs in the U.S. and Ireland for many years.

MacColl had recently recorded a series for BBC Radio – "Kirsty MacColl’s Cuba" — which was due to start this week.

MacColl, the daughter of Euan MacColl, had recently released an album. She had also scored hits with "The Wonder Stuff" and is known for her top 20 single. A spokeswoman for her management company, Major Minor, confirmed the singer had died and said they would be releasing further details later.

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