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Irish singer Hennessy dies at 62
Christie Hennessy
Christie Hennessy first found major success in 1992
Irish singer Christie Hennessy has died in London.

The 62-year-old Kerry native had recently been on tour in Ireland, but had to cancel dates due to illness.

Hennessy released his first album in 1972, but had to wait until the release of the triple platinum The Rehearsal in 1992 for major success.

He died of asbestosis, an illness believed to be linked to years spent working on building sites in London as a young man.

"It is with great sadness we announce Christie passed away this morning," read a statement on his website.

"We just want you all to know how much that Christie appreciated your love and support over the years. He will be sadly missed by all."

His song Don't Forget Your Shovel was made famous by Christy Moore while Mary Black covered All The Lies that You Told Me.

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