This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 2 °C Sunday 15 December, 2019

'Ireland's greatest rocker': Phil Lynott is remembered 29 years after his death

He was just 35 when he died.

Source: Fran S.P./YouTube

PHIL LYNOTT DIED 29 years ago today, and the rocker most certainly isn’t forgotten in this old town.

The Dublin-raised Thin Lizzy frontman died aged just 35 in Salisbury in England, from heart failure and pneumonia.

The internationally famous band split in 1984, and Lynott kept on playing, releasing two solo albums. But at the time he died, his career wasn’t at as high as it had been, and, sadly, his drink and drug use contributed to his early death.

4th January - Died on this Day - 1986 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Even 30 years on, Thin Lizzy are as beloved by metallers as they are by pop fans, thanks to the band’s heavy riffs, ability to churn out a heartfelt track (see Sarah, about Lynott’s first daughter), and incorporation of traditional Irish songs into contemporary rock music.

Today, people have been remembering the Philo they loved – ‘Ireland’s greatest rocker’.

What are your Phil Lynott memories?

Read: Phil Lynott statue is back where it belongs>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next: