Aslan singer Christy Dignam dies aged 63 after ‘long-fought’ illness

Christy Dignam has died following a prolonged illness and his daughter announced the news in a heartbreaking tribute on Facebook.

“On behalf of my family, it is with a broken heart that we convey the news of my father’s passing, Christy Dignam,” his daughter, Kiera wrote.

“Dad peacefully left us where he wanted to, at home today 4pm Tuesday, June 13th 2023, after a courageously long-fought battle, surrounded by his family.”

“Let us all hold him in our hearts and cherish the remarkable life of a talented singer, great storyteller and amazing person,” she wrote on the post that was signed – Kathryn, Kiera, Darren, Cian, Ava, Jake and our extended family.

Ms Dignam has asked for the family’s “need for privacy” to be honoured at this “immensely painful period”.

In 2013, the singer revealed that he had been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder cancer.

In January of this year, Dignam’s family announced that he was receiving palliative care at home.

He was admitted to Beaumont Hospital in July last year and spent six months in the care of the haematology and cardiac care team.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes Mr Dignam, saying he and his Aslan bandmates “made an enormous contribution to the cultural life of our nation”.

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“People across Ireland and beyond will have heard with great sadness of the death of Christy Dignam,” President Higgins said.

“Over recent years, all of us have been struck by the dignity with which Christy lived with his illness and admired his dedication in continuing to both perform and record, including his 2021 solo album, despite the challenges which he faced. It is hard to believe that he has left us,” he added.

Music manager Louis Walsh said Christy was a “real talent”.

“He had a great career in Ireland which is a hard thing to do. Songs like ‘Crazy World’ and ‘This Is’ will go on forever – they’re like anthems now. It’s terrible,” he told

“Everybody knew him and everybody liked him as well. He never got carried away by his fame as well, which is unusual in this industry. He was just a normal Dublin guy with a great talent and his songs will be remembered for years to come,” he added.

“I admired him and always thought he should have been an international star but he always seemed to have been happy living in Dublin and there’s a lot to be said for that too.”

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