Songwriter Gerry Goffin poses at the BMI’s 60th annual Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California on  May 15th, 2012. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

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Peter Baram, in Ennis, Co Clare, following the death of his friend Josef Pavalka. “He is my best friend and he is gone,” he said. “We were together every day from 7am until 10 at night. We never argued. I miss him very much.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

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