Guitarist Philip Chevron's former bandmates in The Pogues have released a heartfelt tribute to mark the musician's death.

Chevron died on Tuesday (08Oct13), aged 56, just over a year after he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour.

Calling the guitarist and songwriter "a remarkable and fantastically-talented colleague", The Pogues have released a group statement to NME.com.

It reads: "The news of Philip's death on Tuesday morning, from complications brought about by throat cancer, has hurt us terribly. Philip was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006 and after a gruelling period of chemotherapy, which he had fought with such dignity, strength and heroism, he was declared to be in remission.

"But in a tragic stroke last August he returned from visiting his oncologist with the harrowing news that his cancer had returned, and that this time it was inoperable. It has been no consolation that we have all had months to prepare for the worst; when the worst came... the preparations we had made turned out to be futile, and the impact has been felt very deeply.

"The hole that his death has left will be huge. He was a remarkable and fantastically talented colleague, but most of all a friend. Our thoughts go out to his fans, who loved him unanimously. But above all, our thoughts are now with his family, with those he held dear and who have held him dear. Philip will be missed terribly and will always be in our hearts."

Chevron joined The Pogues in the mid-1980s and performed on the group's landmark second album Rum, Sodomy & The Lash. He wrote the band's fan favourite Thousands Are Sailing.