Pogues musician Darryl Hunt dies aged 72

Hunt joined the The Pogues as a bass guitarist in 1986

Darryl Hunt, who played the bass guitar for The Pogues, has died aged 72.

Hunt’s passing was confirmed by the band in a post on Twitter: “We are saddened beyond words. Our Darryl passed away yesterday afternoon in London.”

Bandmate Spider Stacey was among those to pay tribute to Hunt.

Ray Meade, bass guitarist with Ocean Colour Scene, said Hunt was “a truly brilliant bass player”.


Hunt was born in Hampshire, England in May 1950 and later attended Nottingham School of Art where he studied Fine Art.

Before joining The Pogues, Hunt worked with Plummet Airlines. The musician went on to form other groups including The Favorites and then Pride of the Cross with fellow members Dave Scott and Cait O’Riordan from The Pogues.

Hunt joined the The Pogues as a permanent member in 1986 after doing sound, driving and tour managing for the band for some time.

He was known for playing the bass guitar as well as playing drums and contributing backing vocals for the band. He wrote several of their songs including Love You Till The End from the bands last album Pogue Mahone.

Hunt’s song Love You Till The End featured in the film P.S I Love You and in the credits of Burt Reynolds’ film Mystery Alaska.